Maranatha’s Black Student Union Organizes Peaceful “Black Lives Matter” March
Shouting and holding signs that said “Black Lives Matter” and “No Justice, No Peace,” close to 100 members of the Maranatha High School community marched Friday afternoon on June 12 that began at Central Park in Pasadena located at Fair Oaks Avenue and Del Mar Boulevard.
Maranatha’s Black Student Union helped coordinate the peaceful march two weeks in advance, which was led by alumni and current students of Maranatha, that included Trinity Causly ‘20, Tamia Rivera ‘20, Erick Stephens ‘21, Donovan Gonsal ‘22, Ian Macklin-Sims ‘22, Lydia Thorpe ‘23, and Chenyr Grace ‘21, and advised by College Counselor Alexandra Brown. The event was organized in response to the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
The Maranatha students and alumni ended their march at Pasadena City Hall where everyone stood on the steps at City Hall and each having spoken different verses from the Bible as well as poems. Pastor Ray Causly concluded the experience at City Hall with a final prayer from the words of John Piper where he encouraged us as Christians to care for our black community and be bold in standing up for injustices.
Ms. Brown shared, “I am beyond proud of our Black Student Union at Maranatha. This is the first year we had a BSU in the history of Maranatha and their dedication and commitment in getting it started shows the passion for our black students to feel welcome and included. The Black Lives Matter movement is important at Maranatha and in our greater Pasadena community because we see the injustices done to our black community and refuse to be silent any longer. Romans 12:15-16 says, ‘Weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with one another.’ The Lord calls us to weep with our black community over the wrongs committed recently to George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery. We hope to continue to stand up for injustices at our school, in our Pasadena community, and in our world at large.”
The “Black Lives Matter” march was an amazing and moving experience for everyone in attendance. The Black Student Union of Maranatha High School would like to thank all the parents, teachers and staff, and community members who came out to show their support. Ms. Brown commented, “I believe these students will truly change the world. We will keep fighting for a safe world for all people.”