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A group of Peninsula churches will gather Saturday to hold a prayer vigil in memory of George Floyd.
The vigil, “Stronger Together: A Prayer Vigil for Racial Justice in Memory of George Floyd,” will take place Saturday outside Palo Alto City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto, from 4 to 5:30 p.m.
May 25 marks one year since Floyd died after being pinned under the knee of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin while in police custody in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
A news release from East Palo Alto Councilmember Antonio Lopez stated that Floyd’s death “brought an awakening to the Church and to believers across denominations, ethnicities and Christian communities.”
“As we approach the 1-year anniversary of George Floyd’s death, we respond to the Holy Spirit’s invitation to lament, confess, and intercede for racial justice and safety for all people in the Silicon Valley and in our country,” the news release read.
In addition to Lopez, speakers include East Palo Alto spoken word artist Jacob Virges, Pastor of Palo Alto Vineyard Church Susan Van Riesen, Reverend of University African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Kaloma Smith and Reverend of St. Mark AME Zion Church Deborah Lewis-Virges.
Pastors from New Beginnings Community Church, Mt. Calvary Family Center Assembly of God and Peninsula Bible Church are also slated to speak.
People of all races and faiths are invited to attend.