The Forrest Church Award for Humanitarian Service is presented annually in memory of late Rev. Dr. Forrest Church to an individual/s who demonstrate similar courage, influence and selfless in the betterment of our world.
This year All Souls Church and the Heart & Soul Charitable Fund will honor the co-founders of the #BlackLivesMatter network, Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors and Opal Tometi. In naming them recipient of this prestigious award, All Souls recognizes the great influence that the #BlackLivesMatter Movement has in raising public consciousness of the injustices facing People of Color domestically and internationally.
The movement was founded in 2013, in response to the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the death of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin. It was this injustice that compelled Alicia to write a heartfelt post on Facebook, pleading for people to come together because “Black Lives Matter.” Patrisse turned these words into a Twitter hashtag, and Opal spread the word through social media. The rest was history.
Leslie Mac will be speaking on behalf of the Black Lives of UU Organizing Collective in appreciation of the Black Lives Matter Network Founders.
The award ceremony is free and open to the public. Doors open at 5:45pm, as seating is limited - we encourage you to arrive as early as possible.
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