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Wiregrass students organizes vigil for black lives lost in Dothan

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Published: Jul. 10, 2020 at 3:57 PM CDT
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DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) -

Elle Burns, a Troy University senior is the founder of V.E.R.S.E.D a newly started nonprofit.

V.E.R.S.E.D stands for vital education on the rights of students, equality, and diversity.

The organization focuses on investing in the youth of the wiregrass especially minorities, but the first versed event a candlelight vigil to honor black lives lost is designed for the entire community.

“I feel like we need to slow down from all of the protesting and everything that’s going on which is good but I feel there just needs to be a moment of silence where we just actually mourn the deaths that have occurred due to racial injustice police brutality,” says Burns.

Elle will be delivering a keynote speech. A prayer and moment of silence to give everyone the chance to grieve will follow.

“I don’t think a lot of people have been able to do that. I think that is a huge part that contributes to the anger that is kind of held at protests is because we haven’t really had time to deal,” says Burns.

The vigil is in support of the black lives matter movement. Elle hopes the event will change the narrative for those who don’t understand the movement.

“I don’t want that to be as negatively connotated as it has been. It’s me trying to take the time that when we do protest when there is protest hear we have a peaceful foundation to do it upon,” says Burns.

The vigil will start at 8:30 Saturday night in front of the Carver Museum.

Candles will be supplied. The attire is all black.

The event will last for about an hour.

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