Raise the Temperature
Trayvon Martin, Faith and Social Justice
A month after Trayvon Martin’s killing in Sanford, Florida, the call for justice – and social justice – continues growing. Some of the loudest voices have risen from faith communities to speak out against racial inequities and last Sunday, hoodies could be found in the pulpit, the pews and the choir loft. Many religious groups hope the tragedy may at least inspire conversation about injustice. The Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference (SDPC), an organization of progressive African American faith leaders, published “A Litany for Children Slain By Violence” and other advocacy materials to raise awareness. The SDPC’s General Secretary, Dr. Iva Carruthers, spoke with Odyssey Networks via Skype from Chicago and discussed the imperative to engage with social justice issues.