On Weds, Aug. 10 at 5:00 pm, First Unitarian Church will host a peaceful vigil in support of Black Lives Matter at the corner of Whitby Road and Route 202. Members of the community are invited to stand with us in solidarity with people around the nation who are doing the hard work of dismantling racism in our society.
On Sunday August 21, at 11:30 am the congregation will hold a ceremony to rededicate our banners. The public is invited to join us at both of these events.
Members of First Unitarian Church of Wilmington intend to persevere in advocating for Black Lives Matter in the face of ongoing vandalism. In the past week, our Black Lives Matter banners have been damaged three times. The vandalism occurred over night on Friday July 29, Tuesday August 2, and Wednesday August 3. After the first two incidents, new banners already on hand were immediately erected. We intend to erect new banners yet again as soon as they arrive.
After the second incident we added a new sign informing the vandals that not only would we continue to erect new banners, but we would make a contribution to Black Lives Matter UU each time an act of criminal vandalism occurred. We have made two donations this week in response to the vandalism, insuring that these cowardly criminal actions lead to positive work for racial justice.
We know that many members of the Wilmington community—especially the faith community—are eager to have honest conversations about race, justice, and the value of black lives in America. We are grateful for the outpouring of love and support from members of the community since the vandalism began. We have received calls and emails and Facebook messages. People have offered to help pay for replacement banners. Donations are coming in daily. The State Police are actively investigating these incidents.