Jamaica Plain Vigil in Support of Black Lives Matter

In light of current state guidelines that restrict outdoor gatherings to no more than 25 people, the Thursday, January 7 Vigil in Support of Black Lives Matter will have no opening or closing program at our usual gathering spot on the lawn of the First Baptist Church in Jamaica Plain, 633 Centre Street, JP. Rather: supporters of the Vigil are invited to stand out in silence in front of and across from the church, along both sides of Centre Street down to Pond Street, between 5:30 and 6 pm that evening, with faces covered and socially distanced, to continue our monthly witness for racial justice and human rights and against racist violence and white supremacy. Everyone is welcome.

December Vigil in Support of Black Lives Matter in Jamaica Plain

The December Vigil in Support of Black Lives Matter in Jamaica Plain will be held Thursday evening, December 3, from 5:30 – 6:30 pm on the lawn of the First Baptist Church in Jamaica Plain, 633 Centre Street, with guest speaker Karlene Griffiths Sekou, a lead organizer for Black Lives Matter Boston, international movement builder, public theologian, and anti-imperial, anti-colonial culture worker. All participants are asked to wear face coverings and "socially distance." The December 3 event marks 5 years of monthly Vigils, and is an occasion we observe with both sadness and hope. The Vigil has taken place every month since Dec. 2015 (with a 2 month pause for the COVID-19 pandemic) because we recognize that systemic racism and injustice are built into the fabric of our society with tragic results for people of color.

November Vigil in Support of Black Lives Matter

The November Vigil in Support of Black Lives Matter in Jamaica Plain will be held Thursday evening, November 5, from 5:30-6:30 pm on the lawn of the First Baptist Church of Jamaica Plain, 633 Centre Street, with guest speaker Michael Curry, Esq., civil rights leader at the local, state, and national levels of the NAACP, and community health centers executive. After his remarks, there will be a "call and response" reading of the names of victims of racist violence, followed by a twenty minute stand-out along Centre Street, final announcements, and the Black Lives Matter chant. We invite everyone to join us to stand in peaceful witness for racial justice and human rights and against racial violence and white supremacy. All participants are asked to wear face coverings and practice social distancing. For further information, contact Bonnie McBride, bonlynmcbride@yahoo.com, or Penny Wells, pennywells@aol.com

October Vigil in Support of Black Lives Matter in Jamaica Plain

The October Vigil in Support of Black Lives Matter in Jamaica Plain will be held Thursday evening, October 1, from 5:30 – 6:30 pm on the lawn of the First Baptist Church in Jamaica Plain, 633 Centre Street, with speaker Corey Stallings, Program Director of the South Street Youth Center. We ask all participants to wear face coverings and practice socially distancing and we encourage everyone to bring their own signs as we have a limited number. The Vigil in Support of Black Lives Matter in Jamaica Plain has taken place every month since December 2015 (with a 2 month pause for the pandemic) because we recognize that systemic racism and injustice are built into the fabric of our society with tragic results for people of color. We invite everyone to come stand with us in witness for racial justice and human rights, and against racist violence and white supremacy. For further information, contact Bonnie McBride, bonlynmcbride@yahoo.com, or Penny Wells, pennywells@aol.com.

September Vigil in Support of Black Lives Matter in Jamaica Plain

The September Vigil in Support of Black Lives Matter in Jamaica Plain will be held Thursday evening, September 3, from 5:30 – 6:30 pm on the lawn of the First Baptist Church in Jamaica Plain, 633 Centre Street. Our speakers will be Toiell Washington and Hodan Hashi, two of the co-founders of Black Boston, a community organization that strives toward the uplifting and support of Black Bostonians, with the goals of fighting to prevent racial inequities and to promote Black creativity and solidarity within the Black community. We ask all participants to wear face coverings and socially distance by standing at least 6 feet from the next person. We encourage everyone to bring their own signs as we will have a limited number of extra signs to share. The Vigil in Support of Black Lives Matter in Jamaica Plain has taken place every month since Dec. 2015 (with a 2 month pause for the COVID-19 pandemic) because we recognize that systemic racism and injustice are built into the fabric of our society with tragic results for people of color.