The Unitarian Universalist Church of Akron will host a special service on Sunday, Jan. 15 for a special service and dedication of two Black Lives Matter banners. Service, lead by UUCA Minister Tim Temerson, will take place at 10:30 a.m., 3300 Morewood Dr., Fairlawn (across from Summit Mall).
The Rev. Temerson will speak on Ella Baker, an African-American civil rights and human rights activist. Baker worked alongside some of the most famous civil rights leaders of the 20th century, including W. E. B. Du Bois, Thurgood Marshall, A. Philip Randolph, and Martin Luther King, Jr.
During the service the banner “Black Lives Matter at the UU Church of Akron” will be dedicated and hung in the sanctuary. Special music will be provided by the Sacred Singing Circle with guest vocalists Melissa Jeter, Wanda Hunt and Dorianne Denard.
Immediately following service at 11:45 a.m., the congregation will gather outside in the parking lot to dedicate a second banner affirming “All lives won’t matter until… Black Lives Matter. The Unitarian Universalist Church of Akron welcomes you with open arms and loving hearts.”
“Our church is putting up these banners as an expression of our commitment to racial justice and to the Black Lives Matter movement,” said Rev. Temerson. “We want to send a clear message that for all the progress that has been made, black lives are still valued less than white lives and that the time has come for we the people to build a society in which all lives truly matter.”
After the dedication, coffee and refreshments will be served in fellowship hall. Information will be available on the Racial Justice Task Force of the UUCA as well as the newly formed Showing Up For Racial Justice (SURJ) Akron and how folks can get involved. For more information visit www.uuakron.org.