Tuesday, June 23, 2015

St. James M.B. Church and local Peace Groups show support for Charleston 9

St. James M.B. Church and Local Peace Groups show support for Charleston 9

Fernando Garcia urging motorists to Honk for Charleston

The sound of honking horns, some loud, some blaring, some barely a beep, were heard throughout the neighborhood on North and Leverett Streets Saturday, June 20 as the Historic St. James M.B. Church hosted a vigil in honor of the Charleston 9 whose lives were tragically lost on Wednesday June 17, 2015 during a prayer meeting at Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston SC.
Peace Volunteers encouraging motorists to support Charleston
Motorist and walkers were curious as to why people were holding up signs, but as they got a closer look, they saw signs that read, “Black Lives Matter, Charleston Matters, We Stand for Justice.” As well as simple signs that garnered the most amount of action such as, “HONK for Charleston!”
Irvan Camacho and Mayra

“Wow, I’m glad that you’re doing this,” shouted one gentlemen driving by on North St.

More horns were heard across Leverett and North Street almost simultaneously at times.

“Honk for Charleston,” shouted Rose Collins, a peace volunteer as a female motorist beeped her horn. “Thank you, ma’am.”
Rose Collins and Leora Jackson urging motorist to unify with Charleston by honking their horns

When asked why she wanted to do this volunteerism support, she replied, “I didn’t want to just stay home today. When I saw the Facebook post about the vigil, I wanted to come out and do something. I am glad that you all are doing this. I didn’t want to be like my other white friends and ignore it and be mum about this, I wanted action! This is needed.”
Sarah Marsh of Fayetteville City Council & Fernando Garcia of OMNI stands in Solidarity with Charleston

Sarah Marsh, of the City Council made an appearance and spoke for an interview with David Garcia for Fayetteville Free Zone. 
OMNI Members Standing in Solidarity

Other members of Omni Center for Peace, Justice & Ecology were there to show support.  Signs were made with the help of OMNI members and USWG (Umoja Soul Writers Group).

“Make some noise for Charleston and honk your horn,” shouted Leora Jackson, USWG member.

Many people honked and gave the Thumbs up sign as in solidarity for Charleston.

Nik Robbins standing for Justice for Charleston

Leora Jackson with USWG, standing in Solidarity

NWA Peace groups, St. James M.B. Church and the motorists blasting their horns on North and Leverett streets between 5:30pm-6:45pm, were all STANDING IN SOLIDARITY with the Charleston 9 and with the rest of the world as they paid their respects to those 9 people who lives were taken because they were BLACK.

Let us continue to pray for healing in Charleston for the families and community. Pray for Healing in the world today.

We Pray for the Charleston 9!

Cynthia Hurd- 54 years old 

Susie Jackson-87 years old

Ethel Lance- 70 years old  

Rev. DePayne Middleton-Doctor-49 years old

The Honorable Rev. Clementa Pinckney-41 years old 

Tywanza Sanders-26 years old

Rev. Daniel Simmons Sr. 74 years old 

Rev. Sharonda Singleton-45 years old