Group prays for unity on MU campus
COLUMBIA - A group of around 15-20 people, including students, held a prayer vigil called "#PrayForMizzou" on MU's quad Thursday afternoon. It followed a week of protests, resignations and fear over racial tensions at the university.
Lauren Rich, one of the organizers of the group, is a freshman biology major from Poplar Bluff and part of the Chi Alpha campus ministry at MU. She said she felt a calling a few days ago to do something about the situation on campus.
"God wanted me to do something," Rich said. "He wanted me to make others aware that prayer is the answer right now."
Organizers said they hoped to spread love, acceptance and unity throughout the campus.
"Just seeing all this unrest, and the hatred and the blame is really unsettling," Rich said. "I would like to see a more united Mizzou and a more united everywhere."
Rich said she hurts for her friends who have personally dealt with racism on campus.
"I have some friends that have experienced the tension, and that kind of just makes it worse for me," she said.
Rich said she is unsure if her group will organize future vigils.
"I didn't plan this, it's what God told me to do," Rich said. "If I've done my piece, then I'll just wait for others."