The Eagle reports that two banners bearing the words “Black Lives Matter” (a photo of one of the banners can be seen in the linked Eagle story) have, in separate incidents, been taken from the fence in front of the First Unitarian Church, at Pierrepont Street and Monroe Place. The banners were designed and paid for by members of the church’s congregation. After the first banner was taken (sometime between June 26th and 28th) the second one was secured to the fence in a way that it could only be removed by cutting; it also bore a small sign asking passers by to respect church property. This banner disappeared this past Sunday, July 10. The Eagle quotes The Rev. Ana Levy-Lyons, senior minister of First Unitarian:
In this society fraught with discrimination and violence against people of color, it is necessary for people of faith to proclaim the obvious. The fact that someone would steal our banner and attempt to silence our voice highlights just how necessary it is.
Photo: By Beyond My Ken (Own work) via Wikimedia Commons