Owensboro NAACP, Faith Leaders Planning Peaceful Rally in Wake of Police Violence
Members of Owensboro’s faith community are preparing to hold a rally to show solidarity against racism and police brutality.
The event, which will take place downtown Thursday, follows demonstrations in dozens of U.S. cities over the killing of George Floyd, a black man who died after a Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes. The rally will also show support for the family of Breonna Taylor, a black Louisville woman fatally shot in her home by police serving a warrant. Rev. Rhondalyn Randolph, president of the Owensboro NAACP chapter, says faith leaders don’t condone the violence that’s taken place at some rallies.
“Violence, in the Word it says, begats violence and nothing good can come of it," Randolph said. "But there’s one thing we have gotten out of it, and that’s the attention to police brutality and racism that’s still prevalent in our country.”
Randolph, who is pastor of Pleasant Point Missionary Baptist Church in Utica, says the Owensboro rally is being planned as a peaceful event to open dialogue on police brutality, racism, poverty, and other issues disproportionately affecting black Americans.
The rally will begin at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 4, at Smothers Park.