Wichita Kansas has been watching the events unfold in cities like Dallas and Baton Rouge. They’ve seen the tragedies unfold as cops are killed, and communities are torn apart by the fear generated by division.
And so they made the resolution that this wouldn’t be them.
That’s why a Black Lives Matter group in Wichita decided to ditch the idea for a protest they had planned for Sunday, and instead have a cookout for their community, which they invited police to. They called it “First Steps Community Cookout,” and according to local sources, the event was a resounding success.
— Akeam Ashford (@KWCHAkeam) July 18, 2016
In fact, it became so popular that Wichita Mayor, Jeff Longwell, pointed out that the event beat out Swift/Kardashian feud as a trending topic on FB.
— Jeff Longwell (@jefflongwellict) July 18, 2016
Relationships were really strengthened during the cookout. Questioned were answered, and racial tensions were healed, according to one interviewee during a video about the cookout.