The event is coordinated by the Covenant Keepers Men’s Ministry of Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church, where the Benjamin Lockhart Jr. is pastor.
The purpose is to rally against domestic abuse of women and children and promote strong spirituality to lift the mental state-of-mind of people prone to acts of violence at home, and against bullying in schools or other environments.
“There definitely is a connection between violence in home and on the school grounds, and a disconnection with faith-driven character,” said Zane Watkins, a minister at Pleasant Grove and president of the men’s ministry. “Whether it’s faith, social justice or economics, history has shown us that those who are negatively affected the most, are the ones who have to come forward and take a stand. The men of Pleasant Grove are stepping forward to leading that charge.”
Reynolds, an award winning news reporter and editor with the Chicago Tribune and USA Today and now a columnist with the Washington Post, was the founder of Harriet’s Children, a Washington. D.C. organization that assisted women who abused alcohol and drugs, which often is seen as a corridor to becoming engaged with troubled environments where domestic violence occurs. Reynolds also is a founding charter member of the Washington, D.C.-based Black Women 4 Positive Change organization that holds an annual faith-based national Summit against violence. She will be in town to receive an award from Morehouse College for her ministry work.
Also speaking at the rally will be Ann Harris, Cobb County Senior Assistant District Attorney, and Ben Williams, President of the Cobb County Chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, as well as representatives from the YWCA, Cobb County Sheriffs and other social services and law enforcement agencies.