VIDEO: ‘We are late.’ West Seattle church raises Black Lives Matter banner on anniversary of George Floyd’s murder

Though Fauntleroy United Church of Christ has been worshiping online, the raising of that banner tonight brought congregation members to the church’s parking lot. There, on the one-year anniversary of George Floyd‘s murder in Minnesota, Rev. Leah Atkinson Bilinski acknowledged that the church was late in making an anti-racism statement. She began by calling the banner “an embrace of the Black, Brown, Asian, and Indigenous people of our community who do not feel the embrace of love and justice.”

In the short ceremony, the pastor and her congregation declared, “This is the issue that we – as a country, as individuals, as institutions – are being called to resolve at this time in history.”

4 Replies to "VIDEO: 'We are late.' West Seattle church raises Black Lives Matter banner on anniversary of George Floyd's murder"

  • CAM May 26, 2021 (11:21 am)

    The employees of the Starbucks at Fauntleroy and Avalon took a moment of silence yesterday to remember George Floyd after their lunch rush which I thought was really nice. When I went back today I learned that someone was unable to handle this and that after they returned to work that person stood outside the store and yelled and berated the staff (who are from diverse racial backgrounds) and yelled about how George Floyd wasn’t murdered and kept this up until they were forced to close the store as they couldn’t function with him there and he wouldn’t leave. Because he couldn’t get coffee immediately. I like to think we’re making progress but unfortunately my neighbors keep proving me wrong. 

    • WSB May 26, 2021 (11:30 am)

      Sorry to hear that. Also, someone has vandalized the memorial mural at Roxbury/Delridge. Checking with the artist on restoration plans.

  • Sandra Williams May 26, 2021 (11:41 am)


  • James May 26, 2021 (3:32 pm)

    I hate knowing I live among awful racists here in West Seattle. When will people grow up and stop being hateful?

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