Church plans prayer walk in Danbury to mark George Floyd’s death one month ago
DANBURY - New Hope Baptist Church will lead a prayer walk Thursday from police headquarters to City Hall to mark one month since George Floyd’s public slaying on a Minneapolis Street.
“We believe in the power of prayer, but we also believe in the power of protest,” said the Rev. Leroy Parker, pastor of New Hope Baptist Church. “This is a moment that has become a movement because the momentum of the people didn’t let it die.”
Parker is speaking of George Floyd, the Black man who died handcuffed in police custody on May 25 when a white officer kept his knee pinned down on the man’s neck. The slaying, which has led to the arrest of the officer and three of his colleagues, led to weeks of protest and civil disobedience calling for an end to systemic racism and police brutality against people of color.
The gathering of Danbury’s faith community is planned at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at Danbury police headquarters on Main Street. A prayer walk will proceed to City Hall, where organizers will speak.
For details visit newhopedanbury.org.