FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE SENT ON BEHALF OF NAACP AND MINORITIES IN BUSINESS: Anger and unrest continue to grab headlines as communities across the country wrestle with the issues of all types of violence. In Springfield, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and the Minorities in Business (MIB) are calling for a display of community unity at a peace rally and march, 10 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 15. NAACP president Cheryl Clay said the impending Grand Jury decision in the Ferguson, Missouri issue certainly is a part of the reason for the event, but she also reminds that there are issues of violence across the board that she hopes will be remembered Saturday. “We hope to stand united for peace,” she said. “United against domestic violence, which also plagues our community, and united against all forms of hate.” Those wishing to join in the peaceful march, should arrive at the corner of Boonville and Commercial. The march will proceed south on Boonville to the corner of Boonville and Chestnut, where a short rally will take place. Mayor Bob Stephens, Clay and others will share messages of hope and healing. Stephens said he is encouraged by a continuing dialogue in Springfield over issues of race and the need for a deeper level of understanding among all citizens. Members of the Greater Springfield Race & Faith Collaborative are also expected to attend. The Race & Faith Collaborative organized a Unity March to the Square in August 2013 to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream Speech.” About 1500 people participated in what some described as a pivotal moment in Springfield’s movement toward embracing increased diversity. Missouri State University President Clif Smart plans to march with his wife Gail. “Gail and I believe in this cause and want to support our community's ongoing efforts to promote peace and civil conversations,” Smart said. “We appreciate opportunities like this that allow us to come together to foster unity.” # # # For more information, contact Cheryl Clay at 417-873-6386.