“I prayed for freedom for twenty years, but received no answer, until I prayed with my legs.”–Frederick Douglass
In 2016, the NAACP adopted a resolution, proposed by the San Diego Branch, designating August 11th as a National Day of Mourning for African Americans killed in police interactions. Our first interfaith prayer vigil was celebrated on August 12, 2016.
Please join us as we gather for an evening of prayer to mourn all African Americans who have been killed by the police. We will also pray for other matters of concern including civil rights, jobs, education, health care, and housing.
The Vigil will occur on August 16th, 2019, 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Christ United Presbyterian Church of San Diego
3025 Fir Street
San Diego, CA 92102
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.