“For 8 minutes and 46 seconds George Floyd struggled to breathe as the oppressive knee of domination and dehumanization pressed down on his neck,” said Rev. Dr. Aidsand Wright-Riggins, Acting Executive Director of New Baptist Covenant.
Wright-Riggins, who is also mayor of Collegeville, Pa., spoke at a gathering of almost 400 people in the community park in Collegeville, to memorialize the life and death of George Floyd, who was murdered by police officers in Minneapolis, Minn., more than two weeks ago.
“His death is tragic and excruciatingly painful for his family and loved ones,” Wright-Riggins continued. “For many of us, his wrongful death is a metaphor for millions of our citizens who feel that their lives are devalued, discounted and dismissed.
“We gather today so that George’s voice, our neighbors’ voices and our voices are heard in this community, this Commonwealth and throughout the United States of America. We are better when we breathe together.”
Gatherings like these as well as protests in America’s city streets are bringing to the forefront the injustices that African Americans have endured for hundreds of years. Through slavery, Jim Crow, the Civil Rights Movement, and through the Black Lives Matter movement, Black people have been crying out for equality and justice.
New Baptist Covenant offers a way for Baptist churches to join the fight and amplify these voices through relationships between Black and White congregations. These covenants of action help to bridge the gap of understanding and cooperation so churches can work together to address issues of racial inequality in their communities.
If you would like more information about New Baptist Covenant and the Covenants of Action Program, visit our website at newbaptistcovenant.org and click on the Covenants of Action tab.