FERGUSON, Missouri – On August 8th from 6:01 p.m. to 8:01 p.m., Christians across the U.S. will take a united stand against racism, injustice, and the current climate of division in America through a mass demonstration. In an event named Pray on MLK, believers from every denominational background will gather on or near a Martin Luther King Street in over 200 cities across the U.S. and 11 nations to form a multi-ethnic, socially distanced, human prayer chain. Pray on MLK is a project coordinated by Civil Righteousness, a non-profit based in Ferguson Missouri, dedicated to racial reconciliation and restorative justice through spiritual, cultural and economic renewal.
Rev. Jonathan Tremaine Thomas, founder of Civil Righteousness is one of the leading voices spearheading this initiative. “We are living in a moment when the spotlight on what divides us has never been greater,” said Thomas “In many cases, sometimes justified anger has devolved into destruction and fueled further division, but we truly believe this is a moment when reformation is possible. We are calling brothers and sisters from all across America to take their place on the wall of history, to pray and stand in solidarity against racism and injustice in all forms; to petition heaven for the dream that Martin Luther King Jr. lived, breathed and died for, and initiate a way forward together. We believe Dr. King articulated God’s dream for this nation and for the world. Over 50 years later, this is a critical time for the Church to enter the dream, show up in the public arena, and engage the crises of our time with one voice in biblical hope.”
Pray on MLK has garnered the support of a diverse coalition of churches, organizations, denominations, movements, and individuals including civil rights leader John Perkins. “We are at a critical moment of our nation’s history and it is so important for Christians everywhere to take a stand in prayer – I’m standing with Civil Righteousness.”
Participants can get involved by volunteering to organize a demonstration or registering to attend locally. To learn more about Civil Righteousness and get involved, visit (www.prayonmlk.org)
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