NAACP mourns recent racial tensions at mock funeral
JEFFERSON CITY - The overcast skies at the Governor’s Gardens set a somber tone for the NAACP’s mock funeral. The event mourned the death of Heather Heyer who was murdered in a vehicle attack earlier this month in Charlottesville, VA and Tory Sanders, who died in a Mississippi jail.
The mock funeral symbolized a burial of hate, discrimination and racism in Missouri and all over the country. Flowers lined a casket and some participants wore all black.
The group also rallied in opposition against state bill 43, signed into law in June which requires persons suing for housing or employment discrimination to prove race was a deterring factor.
Rev. Cornell Sudduth Sr., pastor of Second Baptist Church said in a memo explaining the event, “It is time for every true patriot to say something about what is currently happening.”
Jazz musicians played hymns and chants as demonstrators gathered together. After the mock funeral, the musicians transitioned to a celebratory tone to unify those attending and stand together in solidarity against racism, hatred and violence.