CHARLOTTE, NC (Joe Marusak/The Charlotte Observer) -
These Charlotte events have been scheduled in response to this week’s officer-involved shootings in Louisiana and Minnesota and the fatal shootings of five police officers in Dallas:
- “Peaceful Protest,” 6 p.m. Friday, Romare Bearden Park, 300 S. Church St.
- “Call to Action” organizational community meeting: 7-8 p.m. Friday at Dupp & Swat, 2424 N. Davidson St., Suite 112B. Hosted by Mason Parker, Charlotte hip hop artist, actor, educator and poet.
- Candlelight Vigil: 7:30 p.m. Friday, New Outreach Christian Center, 3900 Gossett Ave. The vigil is in response to the shootings of the Dallas police officers, Pastor Brenda Stevenson said. “Hurt has no color, and there needs to be healing in this land,” she said. “All lives matter, and I’m ready for the killing to stop.”
- “Black on Black Love Rally:” 6 p.m. Saturday, outside CMPD headquarters, 601 E. Trade St. Participants are asked to wear all black and bring candles and signs. Details: @BURRRSHAY on Twitter.
- Service of Prayer and Lament: 6 p.m. Saturday, St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, 1510 E. Seventh St. 704-376-8441; www.stmartins-charlotte.org.
- Healing Service: 11 a.m. Sunday, Statesville Avenue Presbyterian Church, 3535 Nevin Road. The service is related to all of the killings. “We will pray together for the racial climate in our country, the families who are mourning and angry, law enforcement officers, black men, gay, straight, trans and people in the power seat,” the notice of the service reads in part.
- “We Need a Solution” event: 6 p.m. Sunday at Crystal on The Plaza, 3018 The Plaza. Organized by the new We Need a Solution committee, the event is intended “to educate the public and to give frustrated citizens a platform to express their fears as it relates to police brutality.” Law officers and members of the legal community will participate in a discussion at the event. Details: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Movement for Black Lives Teach-in: 6 p.m. Sunday, UNC Charlotte’s Cone University Center 210. Discussion of Movement for Black Lives issues and response to officer-involved shootings of blacks.
- Candlelight Vigil: 8 p.m. Sunday, Myers Park United Methodist Church, 1501 Queens Road. The interfaith vigil, on the front steps of the sanctuary, will include a reading of the names of those killed in Dallas, Baton Rouge and suburban St. Paul. The church bells will toll, and there will be Scripture reading, silence and prayer. Details: 704-575-6308; www.myersparkumc.org.
- #StayWoke NAACP Charlotte-Mecklenburg branch event: 5:30 p.m. Monday, Marshall Park, 800 E. Third St.
- Community Prayer Vigil: 7 p.m. Tuesday, New Beginnings Church, 7027 Stillwell Road, Matthews, Details: Rev. Twanna Henderson at 704-405-1422.
In Raleigh, community groups and residents will hold a vigil for victims of police violence at 6:30 p.m. Friday in Moore Square Park, 200 S. Blount St. downtown.
THE CHARLOTTE OBSERVER STAFF WRITERS TIM FUNK, ANN DOSS HELMS, BRENDAN MARKS, PETER ST. ONGE AND HELEN SCHWAB CONTRIBUTED.