A PRAYER FOR PEACE—During a rally at Freedom Corner in the Hill District, Rev. Victor Grigsby calls for the community to support police in the wake of shootings that killed officers in Texas and Louisiana. (Photo by Candi Castleberry Singleton)

A PRAYER FOR PEACE—During a rally at Freedom Corner in the Hill District, Rev. Victor Grigsby calls for the community to support police in the wake of shootings that killed officers in Texas and Louisiana. (Photo by Candi Castleberry Singleton)

In the wake of the killing of three Dallas police officers that following the fatal police shootings of Black men in Louisiana and Minnesota, Hill District Ministers Alliance Chair and Central Baptist Church pastor Rev. Victor Grigsby planned a prayer rally to call for healing.

He had to call a bit harder, having learned just before starting the July 16 rally at Freedom Corner that three more officers were dead following an ambush in Baton Rouge, La.

“There is such a deep burden and sorrow in this country that I think the real healing of it is going to come from some divine action,” he said.

Grigsby was joined by Wesley Center AMEZ Church pastor Glenn G. Grayson, state Rep. Jake Wheatley, city Councilman Danny Lavelle, Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto, several police officials including Zone 2 Cmdr. Anna Kudrav, and about 90 men women and children who heeded the call from across the city.

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