We resolved on August 4, 2019 to be a Racial Justice Church. In doing so we undertook to figure out what it means to be a Racial Justice Church and to live into that meaning. Two current and on-going events illustrate the possibilities and challenges.
The first is the Black Girl Magic Academy, coupled with the Beyoncé Mass. Both are the works of Rev. Yolanda Norton, our theologian in residence, and both are deeply inspiring ways of building strength, joy and community among Black women and girls. They represent exactly the goals we want to support. But how can we support them without getting in the way? Rev. Norton’s presentation at a recent meeting on the subject gave the impression that there is only one serious need—outreach to Black churches and communities. That is a major challenge for many of us, especially in the light of warnings posted throughout current literature about busybody white folks. There are, however, workshops and trainings that could help us. Racial justice advocates among us are called to explore those workshops and find the ones that meet our needs, then sign up and learn from them.
The other event involves the Poor People’s Campaign, and there, happily, the challenge level is lower. This year the PPC is very heavily focused on a Mass Rally of Poor People and Low Wage Earners in DC on June 18. It’s a very exciting event, but hard to get our teeth into when so few of us can travel to DC. This month’s Monday Open House of the Washington PPC revealed the need for local rallies to be organized right here in the same time frame. This we can do!. And the PPC is so firmly organized from the bottom up—by, with and for the marginalized—that participation from people from up and down the pyramid is welcome. Organizing is just getting under way locally. Announcements and requests will be forthcoming!