COLLIERVILLE, TN (WMC) - Through prayer and song, dozens came out to a unity service Saturday morning held at Collierville Christian Church.
"We needed to come together in our city to display unity," said supporter Donte Everhart.
The unity service is in response to the racially motivated vandalism that occurred on Sunday, Aug. 13 at Collierville High School and recent acts of violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.
"With people being here, that in itself shows that they have love in their heart and they want this problem to be fixed as well," said event organizer Tymika Chambliss.
Last Sunday, Mid-South Pastor Jason Mitchell found a racial slur on the back of his truck while he was parked at Collierville High School.
"What happened to me is just a small sample of what's going on," Mitchell said.
Days later, Collierville's mayor and city officials apologized, and two teens were charged.
Mitchell has learned to forgive but is pushing the city of Collierville to start a task force to educate the community on racial diversity.
He's already training up his daughter to make positive choices.
"Educate our children on racism, hate, white supremacy, bigotry and using our voice to denounce that kind of activity," Mitchell said.
Many people working to bridge what some call the racial gap one step at a time.
"It gives me hope, it gives me encouragement," said Collierville resident Bruce Snow.