ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — With songs and prayers, over 100 protesters raised their voices in Roanoke on Saturday.
This prayer vigil at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in Downtown Roanoke was a joint event held by Roanoke’s chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) to pray in memory of George Floyd and also for the City of Roanoke and Commonwealth of Virginia.
“Honey, you have to put God first in anything you do,” said Perneller Chubb-Wilson, founder of the Roanoke SCLC Chapter.
Chubb-Wilson says the Lord’s prayer every day, and during this time of civil unrest she knows what needs to be done for Roanoke to move forward, especially when it comes to city leadership.
When asked what her prayer for the City of Roanoke is, Chubb-Wilson answered: “To come together… to come together, speak together, and tell the truth. Stop looking at us in our face, tell us one thing and after they get elected tell us another.”
Several local pastors spoke on the similar topics at the vigil. One speaker, in particular, was Bishop J.L. Jackson, who called those who attended to raze hell. That’s right, raze, not r-a-i-s-e but r-a-z-e, meaning to completely destroy. In this case, Jackson calls on attendants at the vigil to raze the system causing the injustice.
“Raze hell against social-economic divides,” Jackson said to the crowd. “Raze hell over gender divides. Raze hell all over the city; raze hell all over the state. Raze hell when we get to November elections. Raze hell.”
“You got to pray about it,” Chubb-Wilson exclaimed. “You got to ask Him about it. You’ve got to tell Him to send us people who are going to come in and be elected and be for all people.”
At the end of the vigil, Chubb-Wilson announced her chapter of SCLC will board buses bound for D.C. at the end of June, to march with other SCLC chapters for justice in the black community.
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