Kansas City community to gather for Friday night march to proclaim value of black lives, denounce violence

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Dozens of clergy and faith leaders will come together with the Kansas City community Friday night to march and proclaim the message that the nation has had ‘enough of the killing of black men in our neighborhoods and by the systems designed to protect us.’

Friday afternoon prior to the march, the Rev. Michael Murray of Metropolitan AME Zion Church, 2828 Prospect,  hosted a faith proclamation that focused on the value of black lives and confronting the ‘dehumanization of people of color.’

Demonstrators will gather at AME Church. Image of Black Lives Matter protest is from May 2015.
Demonstrators will gather at AME Church.
Image of Black Lives Matter protest is from May 2015 in Seattle.

People are then asked to reconvene at the church for a march that’s scheduled to start at 9:00 p.m., and last until 11:00 p.m.

“We will walk one of the epicenters of gun violence in Kansas City to claim sacred ground and profess sacred life,” Rev. Murray wrote.

FOX 4 News will be there for live coverage and a wrap of the event in our evening newscasts. Tune to FOX 4 for complete coverage.

Members of the church community in Grain Valley, Missouri will also hold an outdoor prayer event tonight in honor of the fallen and injured law enforcement officers in Dallas, Texas and to also honor and show support for law enforcement members nationwide.

All members of the community are welcome at the Armstrong Park parking lot area, just south of Grain Valley City Hall, 711 S. Main.

It begins Friday at 7:00 p.m.

Another march is planned in Lee’s Summit.

Richard Stanford, former Florissant, Mo., police officer, applied for a permit for a parade and peaceful march. He was granted the permit for the march at 7:00 p.m., 220 Green Street, the Lee’s Summit City Hall. The parade would have required additional manpower and a separate permit, so it was denied, but the march was approved.

Stanford was interviewed Friday morning by 98.1fm KMBZ. Click here to hear his interview.  He explained the rally cry of ‘Black Lives Matter’.

Additionally, the Royals confirm there will be a moment of silence at Friday night’s game for the victims of the Dallas shootings. It will take place around the time of the national anthem.

Kansas City, Mo., Police Chief Darryl Forté released the following statement:

The events in Dallas last night were horrific. I know the hearts of every member of the Kansas City Missouri Police Department – and the hearts of police around the nation are very heavy today. In the words of Dallas Police Chief David Brown this morning, “Our profession is hurting. Dallas officers are hurting. We are heartbroken. Please pray for our strength during this trying time.”

We know those officers were killed running toward gunshots. That is what police do, and I know our officers would do the same because they have. I am proud of the members of the Kansas City Missouri Police Department. I am proud of their bravery and courage. I am proud of the relationships they have forged with other members of our community. I am proud of the way we work together with the other residents of our city to improve the quality of life for everyone. I am proud of our officers’ compassion and judgment. I am proud of their willingness to learn new and better ways of doing things, to embrace change and to protect and serve their community when faced with more scrutiny and danger than ever before.

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