Black Lives Matter Vigil: Say Their Names


Sunday, April 18, 2 p.m. at UUC (outside)

UUC Racial Justice Team is restarting our Black Lives Matter vigils in the midst of the Derek Chauvin trial in Minneapolis for the murder of George Floyd. And, tragically, yet another Black man has died at the hands of the police in a suburb of Minneapolis. Twenty-year-old Daunte Wright was shot and killed by police on Sunday afternoon, April 11, during a traffic stop.

It is important for our faith community to witness in Northeast Seattle that Black Lives Matter. The Racial Justice Team is also in solidarity with Indigenous and all people of color to stop racism. ‘Stop Asian Hate’ will be another part of the message of our vigil. This is in response to the escalating hate crimes against Asian Americans and to bear witness to the 2017 police killing of twenty-year-old Vietnamese American Tommy Le in Burien. As part of the vigil, we will read out loud the names of Black, Indigenous and other people of color (BIPOC) killed by police.

Please join the Racial Justice Team physically or in spirit for our first Black Lives Matter Vigil of 2021. We will take extra care to stay physically distanced during the vigil. Please wear a mask, bring your BLM signs if you have them (we will also have some available), and use the bathroom before you come. All ages are invited.

We will start the vigil in the UUC lower plaza at 2 p.m. and then move up to the street with our signs. People are welcome to participate from their cars for the street level part of the vigil. If you are unable to join us for safety or scheduling reasons and would like to share a song or a prayer to be part of the vigil, or, if you have questions, please contact Jewels Mellen.

“Today, and always, we must Never Forget the lives lost to the terror of racism, excessive force, and countless other injustices. To move forward, we must Never Forget the Black lives taken unjustly. We must demand policy changes, equality, and justice for all. In order to bring about lasting change, we must speak up, vote, and fight the cancer of inequality, racism, and white supremacy.” #SayTheirNames