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Amherst church shows support for Black Lives Matter Movement

Posted at 11:07 AM, Oct 24, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-24 18:05:20-04

The Unitarian Universalist Church of Amherst now has a big orange Black Lives Matter sign in front of the church.

Church leaders tell 7 Eyewitness News that they are committed to doing their part, in helping to bring justice to the injustices in the black community.
The sign can be seen by traffic traveling along Main Street in Amherst.

"Amherst is a very white community. Small percentage is black people. We feel that it needs to be talked about and supported within this community," UUCA Social Justice Committee Co-Chair Margot Shoemaker said.

Unitarian Universalists have been involved in several key civil and social justice movements, dating back centuries.

Church members voted to show their support for BLM after a year of studying the movement. This is just one of many houses of worship across Western New York to stand with Black Lives Matter. UUCA members believe this is a moral issue.

"There has to be a national movement to say no more this has to stop," Shoemaker said.

The church is hoping this sign will spark discussion about racial and social injustices in America.