Despite recent vandalizations of banners with phrases like "BLM" and "Vote," a local church said it will continue to hold weekly vigils to remember and honor victims of police brutality.
Since late May, following the death of George Floyd, Binkley Baptist Church has held antiracist vigils on Fridays from 5 to 6 p.m. The church was joined by University Baptist Church in July, , after a white man was charged with assault for punching a 19-year-old Black woman at a demonstration at Binkley Baptist Church. This prompted an outpouring of solidarity from community members.
“We were honoring the people who were killed,” Richard Clifford, who helps organize the demonstrations, said. “We are not protesting any one thing in particular, except for the overall treatment of people.”
University Baptist Church began holding its own weekly vigils on the corner of Franklin and Columbia streets.
“This has been something in the past, churches sometimes stay silent on issues like this,” Allison Allaire-James, director of children's ministries at University Baptist Church, said. “This is a visual display to say, ‘Here’s where we stand.’ We want our Black brothers and sisters to know that they live in a town where they are loved.”