Members of several local churches as well as members of the greater Geneva community and Hobart and William Smith will gather Sunday in the wake of recent grand jury decisions in New York City and Missouri clearing white police officers in the deaths of black citizens.
The “Black Lives Matter Sunday, Day of Prayer” event is scheduled from 3:30 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 14 at the Mt. Calvary Church of God in Christ at 21 Milton St. Students, faculty and staff are invited to walk together to Mt. Calvary Church, and will leave from St. John’s Chapel at 2:50.
In The Finger Lakes Times, Lucille Mallard, president of the Geneva NAACP, is quoted: “The NAACP had been participating in things at Hobart and William Smith, and we were trying to put something together in the community. We decided this would be the best route to go. A lot of people are not into doing protests or demonstrations, but a lot of people will do things in church.”
Mallard says that Church of God in Christ’s presiding bishop, Charles Blake Sr., has called on congregations nationwide to join in a day of prayer Sunday.
According to The Finger Lakes Times, the Mt. Calvary event will include several songs, a moment of silence, prayer and closing remarks.
“One of the things that the college students had talked about is … every 28 hours an African American person is shot by a police officer in this country,” Mallard said. “We as a community feel that our voices need to be heard. This is that non-violent way to show that we need to pray about some things, bring prayer back into our lives, and hopefully it will change some of the things that are going on in our country.”
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