The Emerson Unitarian Universalist Church has formally supported Harris County’s involvement with the Equal Justice Initiative’s “Community Remembrance Project” in conjunction with the National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Alabama.
In January 2019 Rev. Becky Edmiston-Lange gave a sermon to our congregation about the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) and the National Memorial. Her sermon moved several members of Emerson, Kenny Jones, Michael Bloom, Carol Trout, and Victor Anwar to participate in planning meetings convened by Harris County Precinct 1 Commissioner Rodney Ellis to move forward with the Harris County Community Remembrance Project.
The Harris County Community Remembrance Project is the local effort to implement EJI’s national campaign to recognize the victims of racial terror lynching that occurred between 1877 and 1950 by collecting soil from lynching sites and erecting historical markers to acknowledge the horrors of racial injustice. Our members support the Harris County Community Remembrance Project because it aligns with our guiding principles and our desire for justice.
The local effort compliments EJI’s National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery Alabama, which was featured in Becky’s sermon. The National Memorial is constructed of over 800 Corten steel monuments, one for each county in the United States where at least one documented racial terror lynching took place.