George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery were so much more than their deaths. With people across the country, Boston remembers, grieves, and memorializes their lives. We need to mourn all that is lost until Black lives really do matter. Participate in the Boston Black Memorial for George, Breonna + Ahmaud on Sunday June 7, 2020.
Ways to participate:
1. Watch Boston Black Memorial for George, Breonna + Ahmaud online or live on television broadcasts at 3pm on Sunday June 7, 2020.
2. In Boston: Pay your respects as the Funeral Procession makes its way through Boston. A procession of 3 hearses honoring the dead and additional cars will move through Boston starting at 2pm. Bring a sign with a name of someone killed by police brutality or racist violence.
3. Outside of Boston: Stand out your front door, take a photo with a sign naming someone who has been killed by police brutality or racist violence, and post to social media using the hashtags #BostonBlackMemorial, #BlackLivesMatter, #GeorgeFloydMemorial
4. “Take up the Offering:” During the Boston Black Memorial, donate to support grassroots organizing for racial justice and victims services, and give to Violence in Boston: https://www.paypal.me/violenceinboston
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Funeral Procession through Boston begins at 2pm. Line the route with signs and pay your respects. Route will be posted on the Facebook event here.
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Boston Black Memorial Service begins online + on TV at 3pm
We want everyone to stay alive. If you are hurting with the pain of these deaths, the suffering of COVID19, a loss of a job or loved one, or just need someone with whom to talk, please call the Boston Neighborhood trauma hotline number (617-431-0125), 365 days a year, 24 hours a day.
Ways for Houses of Worship and other institutions to participate: Share the live feed of the Boston Black Memorial for George, Breonna + Ahmaud from your social media page on Sunday June 7 at 3pm. Post about the Boston Black Memorial, and encourage your community to participate in the ways listed above.
The Boston Black Memorial is a Black clergy led, and colleague supported interfaith service, in the traditions of Black Church. Broadcast and streamed live. No parishioners are physically in attendance to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Media Advisory available here: https://www.masscouncilofchurches.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/George-Floyd-Memorial-Advisory-Final-.pdf
Clergy United in Prayer, Protest, Peace + Justice: Baptist Ministers Conference of Boston, Black Ministerial Alliance of Greater Boston, Greater Boston Interfaith Organization, Massachusetts Council of Churches and Ministers In Action.
Please thank and support the following individuals and businesses for their In Kind Contributions:
- Bridgit Brown of BBrown Media
- Hashim Lafond for the use of his memorial painting of George Floyd
- Davis Funeral Homes and JB. Johnson Funeral Home for donating drivers and hearses.