On Memorial Day, 2020, Mr. George Floyd died as a result of being pinned to the ground while handcuffed by a Minneapolis police officer for over nine minutes. The national outrage was swift as cities all over the country mobilized and began peaceful marches and protests demanding justice in response to the death of Mr. Floyd.
In Wilmington, the protest and march began in the late morning on Saturday, May 30, but turned into something very different by Saturday evening as businesses located on Market, Shipley, and Orange Streets were vandalized and robbed. Thankfully SsAM, in the middle of it all, was spared any damage and the church was secure.
Sunday afternoon, the young adults and couples of our church, the Episcopal Church of Saints Andrew and Matthew, began to organize to come together on Monday to paint a Black Lives Matter banner to be placed on the parking lot wall. In the midst of a pandemic, this was a wonderful example of community coming together to voice our solidarity and our commitment for our African American brothers and sisters.
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