LOUISVILLE, Ky.-- Louisvillians gathered at the Big Four Bridge on Saturday morning, to stand against racism and symbolize solidarity while "reclaiming" the space where a racist word was found spray-painted recently. 

Local Poet Hannah Drake organized the 'Better Than Hate Community Walk' across the Louisville landmark. Drake recited a poem after lawmakers, pastors, and the Louisville mayor spoke, among others, before the group stepped-off to walk. 

"In this space, I belong!" said Drake, to cheers and applause from the audience of walkers. 

"This is a moment when people ought to be present," said Bates Memorial Baptist Church Pastor Dr. F. Bruce Williams. "Whoever, whoever the person or persons were who tagged the bridge, intended to intimidate people and make them think that this space does not belong to them. And so we're here to reclaim the space. We're here to tell them that we're not afraid. We're not intimidated." 

Williams prayed for the offender. The graffiti has since been painted over.