Hampton NAACP holds community prayer vigil Monday for recent tragedies

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WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 15: A logo is seen for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People as NAACP President and CEO Cornell William Brooks speaks during a press conference at the Lincoln Memorial June 15, 2015 in Washington, DC. Brooks announced "America's Journey for Justice," an 860-mile march from Selma, Alabama to Washington, D.C. and a campaign "to protect the right of every American to a fair criminal justice system, uncorrupted and unfettered access to the ballot box, sustainable jobs with a living wage, and equitable public education." (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

A logo is seen for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People as NAACP President and CEO Cornell William Brooks speaks during a press conference at the Lincoln Memorial. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

HAMPTON, Va. - The local branch of the NAACP will hold a Community Prayer Vigil Monday at 7 p.m. in light of recent tragedies.

Community members and leaders will gather to pray for the city and for the nation.

The event will be at Bethel A.M.E Church at 94 Lincoln Street.

Hampton NAACP Branch president, Gaylene Kanoyton, said, “So many people from across our community have called, asking for an outlet to express their emotions. While we need to hold law enforcement accountable as well as ourselves, it is imperative that we come together as a community to reinforce our commitment to each other.”

The vigil aims to highlight the importance of law enforcement and also the need for all citizens to increase collaboration in order to prevent incidents like the those that happened in Baton Rouge, Minneapolis, or Dallas from happening locally.

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