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Pray Their Names

Pray Their Names

By Richard Randolph

“Pray Their Names” is a travelling memorial to 160 Black men and women killed in the United States. The assemblage of hearts carrying the people’s names is intended to generate dialogue towards healing the wounds of racism. The memorial originated at Sonoma First Congregational Church. The artist Rev. Katie Morrison invites congregations to host the exhibit and engage in conversations raising awareness of issues surrounding racial tensions.

The memorial has been previously displayed at Emmaus Roman Catholic Community, Kenwood Community Church, and St. Patrick’s Episcopal, all in Kenwood, are hosting the display through April 5. Kenwood is the sixth site for “Pray Their Names.” The memorial has been previously displayed in Sonoma, Petaluma, Niles near Fremont, Mill Valley, and Foster City. A QR code on the introductory display connects visitors to a website providing bios on each of the named hearts. For a preview, see www.uccsonoma.org. If your organization is interested in hosting the memorial, you may contact the Sonoma Church at www.uccsonoma.org.

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