GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Tuesday night, South Mississippians joined in the protests following the grand jury decision not to indict Ferguson, Missouri Police Officer Darren Wilson. But this protest was a peaceful, candlelight vigil at the federal courthouse.
Nearly 50 people of all ages and races from across the coast gathered to pray for Ferguson, Missouri. They say violence is never the answer to a situation like this.
"A peaceful demonstration like this. I just wanted to be here to say that we can't endorse this any longer. We have to speak up," said Beverly Davis.
Leaders from the ministerial alliance, along with Biloxi and Gulfport NAACP members, led the vigil. Along with their prayers for peace were cries for racial equality.
USM criminal justice student Sylvia Brown said attending the gathering was her way of protesting the grand jury's decision.
"Regardless of what we look at, this is still someone's child. Whether or not he acted in a certain way, or was a good kid or a bad kid, this was still somebody's child," Brown said.
Those who assembled in Gulfport say they chose to remain peaceful, and pray, saying that's the only thing that can bring peace to the chaos.