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Prayer Walk for Social and Racial Justice

06/10/2020 11:55:26 AM


Melissa Rosenstock, Ross Tabachow

Beth Shalom members at prayer walk for social justice
On Saturday, June 6, Beth Shalom members joined a Prayer Walk for Social and Racial Justice alongside our partners in One Wake and in solidarity with the Raleigh Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance, which organized the event. More than one thousand mask-wearing people, representing broad racial and religious backgrounds, wound their way peacefully through downtown Raleigh, holding homemade signs calling for racial justice and chanting the names of recent black victims of police brutality. The walk culminated at the Old State Capitol grounds, where faith leaders urged marchers to push forward the long pursuit of justice and equality for black Americans. The event culminated in a rendition of "We Shall Overcome,a moving expression of the crowd's commitment to unity and perseverance.
Beth Shalom members were a notable presence at the march due to our signs explicitly expressing a Jewish perspective on racial justice. Signs decorated with the Star of David, Hebrew lettering, and statements such as "Jews for Black Lives Matter" made an impression. Several marchers thanked Beth Shalom participants for joining the event, and one even asked to take photos of us and our signs. Leon McMahon, tall and proud, multiplied the visual impact with his beautiful multi-colored kippah.
Thank you to all who participated in the march, and to those showing support from a socially distanced location. If you are interested in learning more about Beth Shalom's participation in One Wake and/or are interested in joining a future event, please click here to contact Ross Tabachow.


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