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“Hate Won’t Win” Launches in Tacoma August 2
The national “Hate Won’t Win” movement, proclaimed by the family of slain Charleston murder victim Daniel L. Simmons, Sr., will officially launch in Tacoma/Pierce County at the Bethlehem Baptist Church Aug. 2 from 3-5 p.m.
Simmons’ granddaughter, Alana Simmons, will be on hand to challenge the entire Tacoma/Pierce County community to join the movement and show an act of kindness to someone different from you to prove “Hate Won’t Win.”
Alana Simmons gained national attention when she, along with family members of other Charleston victims, publically forgave her grandfather’s killer in a South Carolina courtroom just days after her grandfather was slain in his church. Alana Simmons said, “My brothers and sisters in Tacoma are asking to experience the enormous power of forgiveness, too.”
Pacific Lutheran University’s Director of Multicultural Recruitment, Melannie Denise Cunningham was inspired by Alana Simmons family and their act of forgiveness. “Tacoma, like every city in the United States ought to be examining its relationships and realize that forgiveness and working together will empower all of us,” she said.
The “Hate Won’t Win” challenge will come on the heels of the 5th annual 1000 Man Family March & Festival to be held on Aug. 1 at People’s Park in Tacoma’s Hilltop neighborhood. This unique march and community-building event was founded by the Tacoma Ministerial Alliance to be a celebration of Tacoma’s community and its families—and significantly for the fathers who are present and nurturing in the lives of their children and community. The Tacoma Ministerial Alliance is also sponsoring the “Hate Won’t Win” challenge.
Reverend Toney Montgomery, President of the Tacoma Ministerial Alliance said, “The 1000 Man Family March & Festival this year will be dedicated to those victims of hate in South Carolina, and will also act as a catalyst to challenge our community to live the elegant mantra of Alana Simmons that ‘hate won’t win‘.”
The organizers of the “Hate Won’t Win” challenge expect hundreds of community members who are frustrated and moved to action by recent national events to participate in this challenge. “We want the community perspective represented,” said Montgomery. From law enforcement to labor unions, health care workers, educators, corporations, Muslims, Jewish, Quaker, Buddhist, Lutherans, Catholics –– young adults, children, seniors ---we are hoping for our collective community to take the “Hate Won’t Win” challenge,” he said.
The Tacoma Ministerial Alliance is a coalition of Pastors from predominately African American churches and community partners working collaboratively to address the most pressing needs of the African American community in Tacoma/Pierce County. The non-profit organization has served citizens for more than 40 years.
Additional sponsors of the “Hate Won’t Win” Challenge are: Tacoma Urban League, NAACP-Tacoma, Pacific Lutheran University, National Association of Black Veterans, Family Renewal Shelter.
“Hate Won’t Win” Challenge - Tacoma/Pierce County
Bethlehem Baptist Church
4818 Portland Avenue E.
Tacoma, WA 98404