As part of Black History Month New Beginnings Worship Center spent Saturday hosting an eye-catching awareness project.
It focused on social activism and included a mock body in a body bag on display to bring awareness to gun violence, food crises and educational needs in Peoria.
"You hear about the murder rate here all the time. With Peoria being one of the top five cities for black people in America, you hear the bad statistics all the time but we want to hear the good news. So we want to give people the good news. Today we are out here letting people know that there is still hope in the hood, that we don't have to be a victim to the violence, a victim to the alcohol. We don't have to be a victim to the blunts and the cocaine and the overdosing that's going on down here, but we can overcome those things," said Youth Leader Marc Smith.
Smith said Peoria cannot afford to continue living lifestyles that glorify those things. The mock body bag was displayed because they say this is the reality people here face every day.
Smith said they want a better life where people aren't carried off a cold street.