JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Hundreds of people gathered at the Prime Osborn Convention Center this morning for Mayor Alvin Brown's Interfaith Breakfast. Today's theme: "Faith, Family, and Friends."
The Interfaith Breakfast brought in people from all different religions to unite them together for the goal to improve education and reduce crime in Jacksonville.
"I am sick and tired of our young people being locked up. Now is the time for the faith-based community to step up to the plate and let's take our community back," says Brown.
During the event, Mayor Brown talked about mentoring local youth, and crime prevention in the city. Keynote speaker and world renown pastor Bishop T.D. Jakes believes in his mission. "We should not isolate ourselves nor polarize ourselves but we should unite together against the challenges that we all have in common," says Jakes.
With more than 1,400 churches in the Jacksonville area, Mayor Brown is calling on the faith community to rise up to the challenge. "We can't do it alone all on our own. We need each other and we need the lord," says Salvation Army Major Dean Hinson
Community member Juliette Johnson says, "It's going to take our coming together as one, unified for the cause to make this a better place."