6th Annual Interfaith Prayer Vigil

August 3, 2020

Re: 6th Annual Interfaith Prayer Vigil in Support of the NAACP’s National Day of Mourning For African Americans Killed in Police Involved Interactions

The NAACP San Diego Branch invites you to our Sixth Annual Interfaith Prayer Vigil on Friday, August 14, 2020 from 7:00 – 9:00 pm in support of the NAACP’s National Day of Mourning for African Americans Killed In Police Involved Interactions.  

In 2016, the NAACP at its national convention adopted a resolution, proposed by the San Diego Branch, designating August 11th each year as a National Day of Mourning for African Americans Killed In Police Involved Interactions (the full resolution is included below). 

During this virtual prayer vigil, clergy from various faith traditions will pray for an end to police brutality, recovery from the devastating impact of COVID -19, relief from systemic racism, and improved educational and employment opportunities.   We will pray for justice, equality, and healing in our city, state, and country, and other issues of concern to the African American community.

Some of the confirmed speakers include: California Assemblymember Shirley Weber, Dr. Suzanne Afflalo, Bishop William Benson, Rabbi Laurie Coskey, Imam Wali Fardan, Dr. Gwendolyn Matthews, Latanya West, Geneviéve Jones-Wright, Pastor Nate Stewart and Pastor Archie Robinson.  

This virtual prayer vigil can be viewed live on Facebook at facebook.com/NAACPSanDiego/ and on our website at sandiegonaacp.org

For more information and to register for this free event go to: sandiegonaacp.org/vigil

For questions contact: [email protected].

National Day of Mourning for African Americans Killed in Police Involved Interactions

WHEREAS, the NAACP affirms the constitutional right of all citizens to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness; and

WHEREAS,  the NAACP recognizes that police officers are sworn to protect all of the citizens in the communities in which they serve; and

WHEREAS, police killed at least 336 Black people in the United States in 2015; and

WHEREAS, Black people in the United States are three times more likely to be killed by police than White people; and

WHEREAS, 30% of Black victims killed by police in 2015 were unarmed compared to 19% of White victims; and

WHEREAS, in 97% of the killings of Blacks in police involved interactions in 2015, none of the officers involved were charged with a crime.

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) recognizes the 11th day of August each year as a National Day of Mourning for African Americans Killed in Police Involved Interactions.