Memphis church members 'March on Madness' - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Memphis church members 'March on Madness'

(WMC-TV) - Members of a Memphis Church are hoping spirituality will prevail over violence in the community. They are taking to the streets to spread their message and march on madness.

Reverend Ralph White is on a mission. Saturday, he and dozens of members of Bloomfield Baptist Church stopped to pray in a south Memphis neighborhood.

"We decided on such a beautiful day we'd get into the spirit of March Madness," said White.

But instead of watching basketball, the congregation held a "March On Madness." They went door to door, in a community where there have been several shootings in recent weeks.

"We had already planned to do this is our second year doing it, and so it just happened to fall at the time where there have been some shootings in the neighborhood," said White.

They marched over a mile bearing T-shirts and posting signs with the phrase from a bible verse, "God so loved."

"We've prayed and we're going to be pulling down some strongholds and spiritually establish a presence in the community," said White.

Neighbors were grateful for their prayers and concern.

"It shows a positive attitude around here because you know there's a lot of stuff that goes on and I think it's a good thing," said neighbor Marvin Gentry.

South Memphis isn't their last stop. White said they will march in one neighborhood a month throughout the city for the rest of the year.

"We want them to know that the church is concerned and we're willing to step up and come along side them and support them," said White.

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