Church seeks to take back the night in east Winston-Salem

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Members of the church Mt. Siani Full Gospel Deliverance Center in east Winston-Salem walked the streets of their neighboring community Friday night.

Church members say the violence, crime and drug use in the area has gone too far, and they need to stand up to it.

Reverend Yvonne Hines says many people feel east Winston is a forgotten community, "we are not intimidated by the night, we are out here. It can be safe and so you cannot allow yourself to be held hostage by fear," Hines said.

The group walked several streets of the neighborhood and stopped to pray at four intersections. Along the way they shook hands with people, offered help and prayers.

Wilbert Bankey was one of the church members marching. He says it is time that someone stand up for his community. "We realize that what we must do is to make a stand and intervene in this kind of situation, cause if we're not concerned, who is going to be concerned? If not us, who? If not now, when?"

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