‘We’re here to pray:’ Hundreds of pastors in Brunswick as trial in Ahmaud Arbery’s death continues

BRUNSWICK, Ga. — WATCH ⬇️: Action News Jax streamed Thursday’s gathering of pastors outside the Glynn County Courthouse live on Facebook

Original story from 11/17/21 below:

Up to 1,000 clergy members are expected in Brunswick Thursday in support of Ahmaud Arbery’s family.

The Rev. Ron Sailor met with Glynn Unified Command to share their plans for peace outside the Glynn County Courthouse.

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”To simply provide spiritual support. That’s what we’re here for. No more. No less. To support this family,” he said. “We’re not here to rally, we’re not here to march, we’re not here to shout. We are here to pray.”

Sailor joins high-profile Baptist ministers Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson. Other pastors from as far as Seattle plan to be in Brunswick Thursday.

Race became the focus of the trial after defense attorney Kevin Gough called on Black pastors to leave the court room.

”How does it stop? You’ve got to give up something. You have to want to see change. And it can’t be in your comfort zone. And that’s why I’m going,” Charles Oliver, a pastor in Seattle said.

He’ll be joining hundreds outside the courthouse for a prayer circle at 11 a.m.

A separate group plans on marching from the courthouse to Arbery’s mural for a prayer.

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During a press conference Thursday, Unified Command did not know the exact number of demonstrators but explained they have an estimate based on the permits submitted.

Local officials set up a Community Coordination Center for people to gather for meetings and to find information on how to permit peaceful assemblies.

The center is located in the Rise Risley Community Center at 1800 Albany Street, which is Brunswick’s first public school for African Americans.

It’s open from noon to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday.