Springfield churches gather for 'Let Justice Roll' demonstration at Evangel University

Published: Jun. 14, 2020 at 2:04 PM CDT
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It was a unique way of protesting but their message "Let Justice Roll" was heard loud and clear by those driving down Glenstone Avenue.

"This is a Covid safe event where people of faith can get out and show their support for the black community in Springfield." said organizer Susan Schmalzbauer.

Churches across the Ozarks came together at Evangel University for this event hosted by Faith Voices of Southwest Missouri, a multi-faith and multi-racial group.

Before they took off down Glenstone a few faith leaders like Pastor Russell Ewell spoke on what needs to change

"I'm originally from St. Louis was very involved in Ferguson. One of the complaints was the church wasn't involved. I didn't want to see that here in Springfield," said Pitts Chapel United Methodist Church, Pastor Russell Ewell.

The message hit home for Renee Goodwin, the mother of Jalen Goodwin who passed away in 2016 in police custody.

"We just have issues with our police force treating whites and blacks differently. We need to hold them accountable when they harm people," said Renee Goodwin.

Another important topic was voting. A handful of people were walking around with voter registration cards helping people register to vote and the importance of voting.

"Voter suppression is real," said Tracey Wolff.

Let Justice Roll to the Polls was Tracey Wolff message today after she said she was a victim of voter suppression in 2008.

"I'm voting for me but I'm also voting for those that cannot," said Wolff.

While the event covered everything from voting to police brutality Pastor T.J. Appleby wants everyone in attendance to walk away with this message.

"Love thy neighbor which are the words of Jesus. Love thy neighbor as thyself. Our neighbor is everybody of regardless of what they look like, where they come from, their zip code. it doesn't matter," said Sanctuary of Praise Pastor, T.J. Appleby.