Douglass Park became the host of a big event this last Saturday with love winning over the community at a BBQ organized by Standing4change.

Many of the community members gathered together to fellowship as a community and for organizer Shannon Hall-Sanders, this was something she was proud to promote.

“Today we are having a Love Wins BBQ for the community of Duncan and surrounding areas and we want everybody to come and love one another,” Sanders said. “We are standing for change with one another and we are letting everybody know we hear you, we see you, we value you and we stand with you.”

Duncan city officials like City Manager Kimberly Meek and Police Chief Danny Ford attended the event and participated in a one-on-one panel to encourage discussion with citizens. County and state officials, like Rep. Marcus McEntire and Stephens County Sheriff Wayne McKinney, District Attorney Jason Hicks and Vice Mayor Patty Wininger joined in the panel to answer questions.

Sanders said having a panel of representatives from the community like this helps to showcase how everyone is open for suggestions when it comes to creating a loving environment.

“We are being proactive in our city to let the people know that we are here and you have a voice and we want to hear that voice and we want to make some changes that are necessary for our community to continue to grow,” Sanders said. 

Sen. Paul Scott also attending the event, during which he spent time walking around helping serve meals and talking with community members who were enjoying food, fun and fellowship with one another.

As the afternoon went on the attendance of the event grew. Sanders said she was happy to see everyone come and enjoy the event through the entire afternoon.

“Change begins with us and the change we want to see must start with us,” Sanders said. 

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