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Day of prayer to reflect on peace and hope in Prince George’s starts at noon

Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks is asking residents to take a moment to pray and reflect on peace, healing, hope and justice for the county and country Tuesday.

The day of prayer starts at noon and will continue until midnight, according to the executive’s social media page. Any group or individual can participate, Alsobrooks said. With everything happening in the nation, she said, it is important to stand united.

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Alsobrooks issued a statement on the George Floyd’s killing Monday, and joined a peaceful protest, according to social media. The county also entered the first phase of reopening Monday, as the number of new cases of coronavirus and related deaths decline. More than 500 people have died due to COVID-19 in Prince George’s County, where a majority of the population is black.

“Black Americans are simultaneously dealing with a pandemic that has hit our communities particularly hard and systemic injustices that have been around for centuries, tragically losing our loved ones, friends and neighbors,” she wrote. “While it is easy to feel dismayed, frustrated and angry, we must not feel hopeless. The peaceful protests we see are reflective of the deep diversity of our nation, proving that, while some may seek to divide us, there are many more who want to see our nation united with justice and equality for all.”

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Alsobrooks announced a town hall on policing to be held virtually at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, which will include reality show star Judge Greg Mathis. Panelists include Bowie resident and county Youth Poet Laureate Marissa Michel.

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