National City Christian Church in Washington, D.C. is a Disciples of Christ Church that has previously had its Black Lives Matter signs torn down, including during the incident that led to the arrest of Proud Boys leader Enrique Tarrio. The church responded by hanging large banners between its Roman columns on Jan. 6. The signs were being installed as rioters were on their way to Congress in an attempt to stop the certification of President-elect Joe Biden’s election.
Responding with bigger signs on a day when those protesters were present is both a rejection of white supremacy and declaration that Black lives matter, [Interim Senior Minister Amy] Butler said.
“As a national and a historically white church, it’s even more important that we take up the banner to advocate for racial justice. We are using this platform to advocate for our neighbors and for what is right.”
In a news release about its banners, National City Christian Church said the Black Lives Matter banners replace ones quoting the words of South Carolina Poet Laureate Marjory Wentworth’s poem, “One Hundred Thousand Names,” which were intended as a response to the current COVID-19 pandemic.
Butler said use of the space is designed to communicate the church’s effort to be a place of healing and hope in a turbulent world.
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