Faith-leaders Call for Prayer Vigil in Wake of Defense Attorney’s Efforts to Prohibit Black Pastors Attendance During Murder Trial.
After a defense attorney demands Black pastors be barred from the murder trial where three white men are charged with the killing of Ahmaud Arbery, national faith leaders are calling for a prayer vigil outside the Glynn County courthouse on Thursday, Nov. 18, at 11 a.m. Rev. Al Sharpton, who previously joined Arbery’s parents during the court proceedings, will join New Birth senior pastor Dr. Jamal Harrison Bryant and attorney Benjamin Crump a week after Kevin Gough, a defense attorney representing one of the three men charged objected to “Black pastors” being present in the courtroom.
Sharpton, Bryant and Crump are urging other faith leaders and activists to join the prayer vigil and remain supportive of the Arbery family as they endure weeks of emotional and traumatic testimony throughout the trial proceedings. “This is a blatantly racist and abundantly bigoted move by the defense to specifically limited Black leaders of faith from supporting a family who has already endured the unimaginable loss of their loved one – Ahmaud Arbery,” said Dr. Bryant. “We are calling on faith leaders, the Brunswick community and those who long to see justice for Ahmaud to join us for a moment of prayer and encouragement to support a grieving family in need of spiritual support as we fight the forces that seek to censure and silence our rallying cry for justice and truth.”
WHO: Faith leaders include Rev. Al Sharpton and Dr. Jamal Harrison Bryant will join attorney Benjamin Crump and others for a prayer vigil in support of Ahmaud Arbery’s family and loved ones.
DATE: Thursday, Nov. 18, 2021
TIME: 11 A.M.
LOCATION: Glynn County Superior Court, 701 H Street, Brunswick, GA 31520 (outside of the courthouse building)