HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Tonight marked the 31
anniversary of the national domestic violence awareness ceremony in Hattiesburg.
"Tonight we feel like it's important for domestic violence survivors and victims to be remembered and also to bring awareness to our community of domestic violence," Lt. Latosha Myers-Mitchell, Hattiesburg Police Department
The Hattiesburg police, 177
Armory brigade Unit, Hattiesburg Chapter of Omega Psi, Hub city Ques, Hattiesburg Alumni Chapter Delta Sigma Theta Incorporated and Coughlin Florist and many others gathered together in music and prayer for the candle light vigil. The gust speaker was a Hattiesburg Author that is passionate about helping women that have been subjected to domestic violence.
"My goal is to make sure everyone is empowered by whatever it takes to get them there. I am very honored to be a part of this vigil tonight," Tamekia Bynum-Leshure, Guest Speaker and Author
The candles were lit outside of the
Sherrill Community Center
in downtown Hattiesburg just as the sun had set. A closing prayer for victims of domestic violence was said…. while beautiful song was sung, as the annual ceremony came to an end.