NARRAGANSETT, R.I. (WPRI) — More than 100 people gathered Sunday evening in Narragansett for a display of peace. Dozens of people of all ages and races came together to hold hands, spanning a stretch of seawall between Narragansett Town Beach and The Towers.
“We can do better,” said organizer Sarah Schofield, who organized the event through social media. “I just invited my friends on Facebook, and they invited their friends, and they invited their friends.”
The Facebook event soon ballooned, and on Sunday evening, those who came out for the show of peace and unity sang and laughed. Many of them were strangers who quickly became friends.
“A stranger that was holding my hand, as we were making the line longer, she said, ‘I’m not going to let your hand go,'” said Bryant DaCruz, who saw the hand-holding as a physical representation of the unity he believes the country needs.
The event comes in the wake of violence and protests across the country. Schofield tells Eyewitness News she organized the gathering to try and make a positive difference in her own community.
“Instead of listening to everybody complain, I decided to be a part of the solution,” she said.
Schofield said she’s never organized anything like this before, but felt compelled to take action in light of recent protests and rallies. She said recently, she’s seen too much division.
Schofield hopes those who took part in the event, and those who drove past it, will be positively impacted by the physical display of togetherness.
“It’s hard to point fingers when you’re holding hands,” she said.