Harlem hosts fourth annual Heal the Land Prayer Walk Vigil

AmNews Staff Reports | 11/7/2019, 12:57 p.m.
Harlem held its fourth annual Heal the Land Prayer Walk Vigil on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019.
Heal the Land Prayer Walk Vigil Bill Moore photo

Harlem held its fourth annual Heal the Land Prayer Walk Vigil on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019. Clergy, community, organizations, elected officials, families and others participated. Organizers said in a press statement, “Heal the Land was started in 2016 in response to the increasing challenges our communities and society in general are faced with. As we look to law enforcement, the courts, government and social services to address the growing problems, we as believers call on God to guide and strengthen us as well as bring healing to our communities. Every year we pray for healing for individuals and communities of all of our pressing issues and we select an issue that we highlight in unity and prayer. This year’s issue is wrongful convictions/incarcerations and the impact they have on the accused, their families and our communities. We are being joined by family and members of the Exonerated 5 whose stories the recent film ‘When They See Us’ is based on. Their experiences symbolize some of the pain and injustice that many have wrongfully suffered, often without exoneration and or compensation.”

Speakers included Pastor Joanne Santana, Sharonne Salaam, Angela Richardson Black and Kevin Richardson.