Before vandalized, a banner for Black Lives Matter is displayed outside the First Uni|Courtesy First Unitarian Church of Wilmington1/2 Before vandalized, a banner for Black Lives Matter is displayed outside the First Uni|Courtesy First Unitarian Church of Wilmington
The damaged banner had "Black" cut out sometime over the weekend.|Courtesy First Unitarian Church of Wilmington2/2 The damaged banner had "Black" cut out sometime over the weekend.|Courtesy First Unitarian Church of Wilmington
Sometime over the weekend, a vandal attackedthe First Unitarian Church of Wilmington, destroying a Black Lives Matter banner displayed on church property.
According to NBC10, someone cut the word "black" from the sign, displayed along Concord Pike, in a move church officials say was deliberate. They believe the vandalism occurredlate Friday into early Saturday.
On Sunday, the church, a "largely white congregation,"issued a formal response, saying"this cowardly act will not prevent us from continuing to speak out about racial justice as a congregation and a religious movement."
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The church said it would have a rededication ceremony later this summer and invite community members to join in a discussion about race and justice.
It said the initial decision to erect the sign was to state its commitment to the Black Lives Matter movement and to spark a conversation about racism and violence directed at people of color.