GREENVILLE, S.C. (WSPA) — Neighborhood members and elected officers gathered Friday night time on the Mount Nice Neighborhood Heart to honor the lives misplaced to COVID-19.
This comes on the heels of the state’s well being division reporting 795 total deaths in Greenville County.
Founding father of Preventing Injustice Collectively, Bruce Wilson, mentioned he put collectively Friday’s memorial to remind households that their family members who died are nonetheless remembered.
“We simply need to honor these victims,” Wilson mentioned. “We need to present these households that we’re serious about them, that they’re in our prayers.”
He did so by putting 600 chairs on the Neighborhood Heart as a illustration of all of those that ought to nonetheless be right here right this moment.
“I believe if you happen to take a look at the chairs exterior… It’s highly effective,” Wilson mentioned. “And its touching.”
However Wilson additionally talked about that Friday’s memorial was about creating consciousness for minorities.
“This illness is killing folks, particularly within the black and brown communities,” Wilson mentioned. “And all through the state and our nation.”
Now — he’s calling on folks in the neighborhood who’re minorities to step up and get vaccinated.
“We all know that there’s a vaccine. We all know there’s hesitancy within the black neighborhood and I perceive it for good purpose, however I consider that now we have to be prepared to take this vaccine,” mentioned Wilson.
Wilson mentioned it’s a motion he’s already behind.
“I’m in a trial myself. I simply had my second shot yesterday,” Wilson mentioned. “And so, I would like people to see that if I’m prepared to do it, I hope that I can encourage another person to really feel extra snug doing it.”
He mentioned he desires to encourage the Greenville County neighborhood to be part of curbing the unfold and to get in line to get the vaccine.