Sheriff Chastain, Coronor Nichols, pastors, lay people, community leaders and other concerned citizens were present Saturday Morning at a breakfast hosted by Dr. Bryant Cheeks and the Springfield Baptist Church of Laurens. The guest speaker was State Senator Karl B. Allen of Greenville. Senator Allen stated it was midnight in South Carolina when Senator Clementa Pinckney was killed, but out of that midnight came the dawn. Senator Allen reflected on speaking with Senator Paul Thurmond, the son of former segregationist and long serving U.S. Senator Strom Thurmond and he stood up and said “I think the time is right to remove the Confederate flag and put it in a museum”.
He said “it’s midnight in S.C. now and only you can change it”.
Senator Allen encouraged pastors to go back to their local churches and encourage members to get out and vote. He stated “Tell them to get out and vote for the candidates that can do or have done the best job because if you don’t and the wrong person gets in office you’re going to hate it and it will be too late then”. He stated that with no contested democratic races in Laurens County if you vote Republican now, you can still vote Democratic in November.