Beloved Community,

I hope this message finds you all safe and healthy. My heart is heavy during this time of unrest and upheaval and the Project Pilgrimage staff stands in solidarity with all people who fight against white supremacy, systemic racism, and the senseless violence and murders of black men and women across the country. I am moved by the countless protesters around the world who have lifted their voices and so courageously marched for lasting social change.

The vibration we all feel right now is being produced by we the people taking action to advance the movement. Being part of revolutionary change is a long game and it’s imperative that we find ways to stay engaged after this moment subsides. We must show up at the local level and hold our elected officials accountable for the kind of racism and injustice that poured down on George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and dozens of others.

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Project Pilgrimage attends opening of EJI’s Legacy Museum

In April, Project Pilgrimage took a group of 15 people to the grand opening of Equal Justice Initiative’s Legacy Museum and National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Alabama. The three day summit was an important and moving look into the stark and traumatic history of lynching in America.

The Equal Justice Initiative has been one place we visit on every civil rights pilgrimage. For anyone who has been there, it’s not hard to tell why. The power of the work the organization does, reflected in the many deeply moving photographs dispersed throughout the building and the wall of soils recognizing and honoring the victims of some of the most heinous crimes in our nation’s history, this is something we try to share with every participant of the civil rights pilgrimage. EJI has always been a place of profound work which culminated into a project unlike any other ever undertaken in the United States, the Peace and Justice Memorial.

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Approximately one hundred people gathered on Monday at Martin Luther King Memorial Park to celebrate the 54th anniversary of Dr. King’s infamous “I Have a Dream” speech. It was a hot afternoon and despite the unnecessary gaggle of SPD officers lingering in the parking lot across the hillside, everyone seemed to be in good spirits.

The event was opened with a welcome and prayer from local minister and civil rights leader Rev. Samuel B. McKinney. “Take somebody by the hand,” he said as he led the group to repeat together, “You cant get anywhere without me. And I’m not going anywhere without you. But together, we will, make a difference.” McKinney was a friend and classmate of Dr. King and was behind Dr. King’s only visit to Seattle in 1961.

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