Quietly, Jamaica Plain's First Baptist Church has been playing a role in the nation-wide "Black Lives Matter" movement. Last month, someone vandalized a large "Black Lives Matter" sign on the church lawn. This week, the sign was stolen entirely, stakes and all, reported Pastor Ashlee Wiest-Laird. A new sign is already on order, Wiest-Laird said in a Facebook post. Rev. Osagyefo Sekou and Wiest-Laird, among others from First Baptist, travelled to Ferguson, Mo.
A pastor and minister of music for First Baptist Church were among those who traveled from Boston to Ferguson, Mo. to protest the police killing of Michael Brown. The Boston Globe (subscription may be required) reports that Rev. Osagyefo Sekou, the Centre Street church's formation and justice pastor, and Colin Cushman, the historic church's minister of music, were both arrested. Several members of the congregation took the trip to Ferguson, including Rev. Ashlee Wiest-Laird, head pastor. Other Jamaica Plain residents also made the trip, including Nataleah Turner.