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Inter-Faith, Inter-Racial celebration focuses on community diversity

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TYLER (KYTX) - A colorful variety of ethnic and religious groups came together in Tyler today for a special program focusing on bringing different types of people together.

CBS 19's Katiera Winfrey explains how organizers hope this program creates a more diversity and accepting east Texas

As the voices of the interfaith choir filled the air. No matter who you were, you could enjoy the music.

The service at the Liberty Baptist Church was a little bit different than a typical Sunday church service.

"Love is the united force to bring unity in the  community...trying to break down those barriers racial and  denominational," said Liberty Baptist Church Pastor Mark Hood.

The purpose of the event extended out to include everyone. 

"Tyler was like a sponge every body was thirsty for unity,  thirsty for diversity just took some courage and some  leadership," said Reverend Jerome Milton.

He was just one of the long list of ministers and community leaders in attendance. Each had a similar purpose, to stand together in an effort to bridge the gab between the different groups of people in east Texas.

"Twenty years ago that would have never happened...nor would it  have been accepted...that says where we are, that says how far  we've come."

Green Acres Baptist Church David Dykes was the special speaker. His message followed the same idea: accepting people for being people, not judging on them on their color, beliefs or actions.

"Tyler really is a loving community we're not perfect and we  have way to go...we are a community that has faith in God and loves every segment of our community," Dykes said.

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