LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- People from all backgrounds and walks of life joined a local group for its annual healing ritual in downtown Little Rock Sunday.
Just Communities for Arkansas works to celebrate diversity and inclusion in Little Rock. The group doesn't hold the annual walk for physical fitness or competitiveness, but to give the community a chance to reflect and release.
"I thought about the racism, sexism and hateful attitudes that I may carry in my own heart that I want to rid myself of,” said Rabbi Barry Block.
He and others are standing up for what's right, what's good and what's unifying.
“We come together as a community of all faiths, nationalities, color, ethnicities and race to celebrate what we have in common,” Pat Lile said.
The 18th annual Just Communities of Arkansas Walk for Community provided an opportunity for fellowship with an informal approach.
“The idea is to bring together people in way that allows the community to heal from issues that may be going on in the community or across the country,” said Executive Director, Donald Wood.
Wood encourages attendees to share their stories with one another in hopes of building relationships and bridging gaps.
“We all need to come together and reject the hateful messages of white supremacy, anti-Semitism, and what we saw in Charlottesville. We need to come together as a united community and people,” Rabbi Block added.
The event is a spiritual experience that connects people through what the group calls “a substance of life everybody shares”, water. Everyone receives a rock to hold on to or let go into the Arkansas River.
"I'm keeping my rock to remember today by,” said Lile.
“They can then attach to that rock a feeling, emotion or experience and old on to the rock and carry it to remember this experience. Or they can toss it into the water to release the experience. It’s a healing idea,” Wood said.
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