You are invited to join United Church of Chapel Hill in a weekly vigil for racial justice. We gather to remember and honor those who have lost their lives due to police brutality, and to remain watchful and engaged in the work against systemic and institutional racism.
This is a vigil, not a protest. There are no speakers or marches, and all who support racial justice are welcome. Taking a stand together is a powerful and empowering way for us to speak our truth – and it matters.
BEFORE YOU ARRIVE: REVIEW OUR HEALTH AND SAFETY GUIDELINES
WHERE: UCCH along Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.
WHEN: Every Friday, 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
WHAT TO BRING:
- A sign that conveys a message of antiracism
- Water, sunscreen, and a chair if you prefer to sit
- Face mask and hand sanitizer
OTHER THINGS TO NOTE:
- Participants agree to practice CDC recommended hygiene practices and social distancing at all times. There are colored markings that are 6 feet apart on the sidewalk. Wear a mask or other face covering.
- The church will not be open, so please plan accordingly
- Sign ideas: This NPR article lists the names of our brothers and sisters who have been murdered since Eric Garner’s death in July 2014
- We have hand sanitizer as well as leftover signs that have been made/collected and left for others to use for future vigils
- At 5 p.m., we invite those present to move to the road and remind them to keep at least 6 feet between participants. We have colored markings spaced 6 feet apart as a reminder.
- Please come with your mask on and keep a safe distance from the road
- Remember that not everyone will share our view and they may show this in different ways. Please refrain from any confrontation.
- Don’t forget sunscreen and especially WATER because the church building will not be open
- The vigil should conclude at 6 p.m.
- In winter, when days are shorter, the vigil is held from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
- If you are interested in hosting one of the weekly vigils, email Natalie Boorman
QUESTIONS? Contact Natalie Boorman
The model we follow is from Binkley Baptist Church. If you are part of a religious community, we encourage you to take this model back to your organization as we did, and do what you can to encourage a weekly vigil.