Performing artists from around the community will celebrate the strength and resilience of communities of color during an afternoon of music, dance, and spoken word in the Faith Center, Saturday, August 7 at 11:30 am.
Featuring a performance by the NC Poet Laureate, Jaki Shelton Green, Strength, Hope, Resilience is part of a two-day series of events in downtown Salisbury surrounding the installation of a historical marker that commemorates the Salisbury lynchings of 1906. The marker will be located one block north of St. John’s, between the curb and sidewalk along North Church Street, adjacent to the Oak Grove Freedman’s Cemetery.
Other events that weekend include Historic Marker Dedication & Service of Remembrance at Soldiers Memorial AME Zion at 7 pm on Friday, August 6 and Equal Justice Initiative Speaks! at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church at 10 am on Saturday, August 7th, ending just prior to the St. John’s event.
The historical marker and series of events is the product of a partnership between the local grassroots organization Actions in Faith and Justice and the Alabama-based Equal Justice Initiative which has placed similar markers in several states. The Salisbury marker will be the first installed in NC.