Clergy call on Georgia governor to remove Confederate monuments
ATLANTA - A diverse group of clergy members calls for solidarity and the removal of all Confederate monuments in Georgia.
The Legislative Clergy Council is sounding a trumpet of justice as they stand with the families who were hurt during the violence in Charlottesville.
The group of ministers and civil rights leaders are putting their prayers to action by calling for all Confederate statues and memorials in Georgia to come down.
"Those statues represent white supremacy, those statues represent racism. Those statues are a reminder that we were brought to this country against our will," LCD Founder Sabrina McKinsey remarked.
The coalition has boldly urged Georgia Governor Nathan Deal to remove Confederate leaders off of the popular tourist attraction of Stone Mountain, among other monuments.
The group pointed to the city of Baltimore, which tore down four Confederate statues in one night, as a shining example of government doing the right thing.
"I am calling on a good minded Georgians to join the Ga. NAACP, in calling for the immediate removal of all objects, symbols, statues, and monuments, that were erected to preserve the peculiar institution of slavery, NAACP Attorney Gerald Griggs exclaimed.
The Legislative Clergy Council includes representatives from Rev. Al Sharpton's National Action Network, The Southern Christian Leadership Conference, cofounded by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., current President/CEO Dr. Charles Steele Jr., Hosea Feed The Hungry’s Elisabeth Omilami, Moral Monday's President Frances Johnson, NAACP Vice President Gerald Griggs, Resist Trump Tuesday's Caroline Stover, and Rev. Dr. Joseph Lowery's People's Agenda.
Some criticize Georgia politicians for what they call, their silence, following the violence over the weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia
"Georgia's own senators Purdue and Isakson, along with the President and most of the senators in this country sat on their hands and responded to this tragedy with neutrality," Ms. Stover complained.
In America's post-Civil Rights era, the diverse coalition is also supporting the 1,000 Ministers March for Justice on August 28 in Washington, D.C.