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ECU all aglow about racial reconciliation

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ECU sophomore Meredith Turner (economics major) and freshman Jenna McMains (public health major) put on their GLOW necklaces for the event at the Mendenhall Brickyard Thursday evening. GLOW's purpose is to bring the campus community together to stand against what tries to divide society.


The Daily Reflector

Sunday, October 23, 2016

The campus of East Carolina University was aglow Thursday night as students gathered for a unity event focused on racial reconciliation.

Glow: Unite the Campus is the signature event for ECU’s Every Nation Campus, an interfaith student group. In its sixth year, Glow aims to bring together students as societal forces are attempting to divide them.

The students gathered at Mendenhall Brickyard and held hands in the dark, armed with glow sticks.

“This year’s theme is centered on racial reconciliation in light of what’s happening on our campus, in our cities and in our world,” according to a description of the event.

Two speakers, Jonathan Tremaine Thomas and Brock Lillis, were flown in from Missouri and Tennessee to share their stories and their perspective on the racial divide and what can be done.

Lillis is a pastor at Bethel Community Church in Murfreesboro, Tenn.

Thomas, a graduate of ECU, was commissioned in 2003 by Bethel World Outreach Center as a missionary to the most violent neighborhoods in Nashville, Tenn., according to his website. Thomas also is an actor, a producer and an entrepreneur. 

He currently is a pastor at Destiny Church St. Louis and is directing racial reconciliation initiatives in the Ferguson, Mo., area.