Movement for a Culture of Peace
Supports Black Lives Matter Vigil
On Weds, Aug. 10 at 5:00 pm, First Unitarian Church will host a peaceful vigil in support of Black Lives Matter at the corner of Whitby Road and Route 202.
Members of the community are invited to stand with the church in solidarity with people around the nation who are doing the hard work of dismantling racism in our society.
Members of First Unitarian Church of Wilmington intend to persevere in advocating for Black Lives Matter in the face of ongoing vandalism. In the past week, the church’s two Black Lives Matter banners on Concord Pike have been damaged three times. The vandalism occurred over night on Friday July 29, Tuesday August 2, and Wednesday August 3. After the first two incidents, new banners already on hand were immediately erected. The church is currently out of spare banners, but plans to re-install new ones at a rededication ceremony on Sunday, Aug. 21.
After the second incident First Unitarian added a new sign informing the vandals that not only would the church continue to erect new banners, but would make a contribution to Black Lives Matter UU each time an act of criminal vandalism occurred. It has made two donations in response to the vandalism, insuring that these cowardly criminal actions lead to positive work for racial justice.
Church members know that many in the Wilmington community—especially the faith community—are eager to have honest conversations about race, justice, and the value of black lives in America. “We are grateful for the outpouring of love and support from members of the community since the vandalism began,” says Rev. Roberta Finkelstein. “We have received calls and emails and Facebook messages. People have offered to help pay for replacement banners.”