On Christmas Day, December 25, 2015, one year old Maleah Williams was killed during a drive-by shooting in Chapel Hill. The Chapel Hill NAACP & Ministerial Alliance are holding an Emancipation Day Service in her honor on January 1st at 1:00pm at St. Joseph CME Church, 510 W. Rosemary St., Chapel Hill.
In the hour of our deepest need, OUR children die so needlessly. There is a prophetic mourning that demands that we be neither comfortable nor cynical in the face of violent death. They are our children, whether it is a baby shot amid a senseless crime in Chapel Hill or a child shot in 2 seconds by a trigger happy cop in Cleveland. We must mourn over it and stand against it. Pope Francis in his Laudato Si, challenged each of us "to become painfully aware; to dare to turn what is happening in the world into our own personal suffering; and thus to discover what each of us can do about it." So today we mourn. Tomorrow we work to transform crucifixion into resurrection; to become what the prophet Isaiah calls "repairers of the breach, the restorer of streets to live in.