This Sunday, March 25 at 11:15 AM at Middle Collegiate Church the multiracial/multicultural congregation, clergy, and gospel choir will all wear hoodies in memory of Trayvon Martin. There will be a world premiere of “Sit Down at the Mercy Seat,” a song composed for Trayvon Martin by the GLAAD Media Award nominees Bil Wright and Dionne McClain-Freeney. Wright and McClain-Freeney wrote the book and music for the New York Musical Theatre Festival's “This One Girl’s Story.” Alyson Palmer of the rock band, BETTY, will perform the song “I Thank You” with her husband Tony Salvatore. BETTY’s music has been featured on Weeds, Ugly Betty, and The L-Word.
The sermon will urge congregants to take action by signing online petitions calling for justice in the killing of Trayvon Martin and by posting photos of themselves and their friends wearing hoodies on their Facebook pages and on Twitter with the caption: "We are NOT dangerous. Racism is. #trayvonmartin"
Middle Collegiate Church's senior minister is The Rev. Jacqui Lewis, Ph.D., the first African-American and woman senior minister of the Collegiate Church of New York. Links to her previous press in The New York Times Video, CBS2, NBC4, NY1, and The Huffington Post can be found here: http://bit.ly/GJt3R7.
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Middle Collegiate Church
50 E. 7th Street, New York, NY 10003
Corner of Second Ave. and 7th Street in the East Village