Friday, June 19
Join Allies for Racial Justice as we gather with other members of the faith community for the Pray on Troost event. Participants will form a 10-mile human chain on Troost Avenue on the evening of the Juneteenth holiday, praying to break the chains of injustice.
How to participate: Show up anywhere along the 10 mile east sidewalk of Troost Ave at 7:00 pm on June 19, 2020 and pray for 1 hour. Currently, St. James UMC and Church of the Resurrection are planning to pray between 51st and 63rd. ARJ participants are encouraged to park at Rockhurst (54th & Troost). Details are still being finalized, so be sure to check our Facebook group for more information.
Participants are encouraged to write a word that signifies their prayer on a piece of tape that is placed on their face mask.
You can find more information about this event at PrayOnTroost.org.
Learn more about the history of the “Troost Wall”
- Building the Troost Wall: Structural Racism in Kansas City (YouTube)
- How Troost Became A Major Divide In Kansas City (Article from KCUR)
Learn more about Juneteenth
Juneteenth, short for “June Nineteenth” is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. On June 19, 1865 (two years after the Emancipation Proclamation) Union soldiers arrived at Galveston, Texas with news that the U.S. Civil War had ended and the enslaved were now free. Learn more about Juneteenth.