The April Vigil in Support of Black Lives Matter will be held Thursday evening, April 1, from 5:30-6:30 pm on the lawn of the First Baptist Church in Jamaica Plain, 633 Centre Street, with guest speaker Chukwuemeka (BJ) Osuagwu, Program and Events Coordinator at the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute, sponsors of the Annual Mother's Day March for Peace. BJ is a 2020 graduate of Gordon College, where he co-founded the college's first Black Student Union and helped facilitate conversations on race and reconciliation among Gordon staff and Students of African descent. His remarks will be followed by a "call and response" reading of names of victims of racist violence and a 20-minute stand-out along Centre Street.
The Vigil in Support of Black Lives Matter in Jamaica Plain has taken place every month since December 2015 (save for a 2-month pause for COVID-19) because we recognize that systemic racism and injustice are woven into the fabric of our society with tragic results for people of color. We stand in witness for racial justice and human rights and against racist violence and white supremacy. We welcome everyone to join us.
Important Safety Protocols: All participants are expected to wear face coverings and to socially distance six feet apart from others not in your household.