COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – Hundreds gathered Saturday afternoon at the Columbus Government Center to promote peace and unity in the community at the Rally for Peace and Equality.
The event was spurred on by President Donald Trump's recent executive order that temporarily banned Muslim-majority countries from entering the country.
"This is not about being against Trump or being against anybody here, it's against being against the unwelcome message that's being sent out," said volunteer Kelsie Wright.
Those in attendance embraced a newfound sense of togetherness through hugs, music, and speech.
"Our main purpose to this was to get the community a little bit more understanding of what's going on, and just have everyone as a community join and have a lot more peace and understanding," said organizer Darius Prather.
The Rally for Peace and Equality was a trial run that organizers say they hope to set a standard for years to come.