The citywide prayer gathering had been planned weeks in advance, and Saturday it happened even though there had been backlash.
When Councilwoman Mosby was asked if she was offended by the backlash, she said:
"Yes, I really am because those that are doing the backlash didn't call to say can I be a part and got an answer of no."
Mosby says Richmond Schools Superintendent's office signed off on the citywide prayer and local ministers didn't hesitate to join in.
Organizers say they just wanted a neutral place to show how prayer will help our schools, so they chose all 49 schools in the city of Richmond. They followed the proper protocol to assemble.
All Richmond public schools were assigned to local ministers who followed a common agenda so that everyone would be doing the same thing at the same time.
On Thursday evening before the event, there was a conference call with the ministers to make sure everyone was on the same page so things could run smoothly.
On Saturday at noon, the ministers gathered outside the schools and prayed in the front of the buildings. Some reported that they walked around every inch of the school while praying.
The event concluded with a pledge that ended with the following words:
" . . . From the Northside to the East End; from the East End to the West End; from the West End to the Southside: We are ONE Richmond."
This writer was assigned to Westover Hills Elementary School in South Richmond and looks forward to participating in the next Citywide Community Unity Hour of Prayer event.