‘Silent Sit-in Against Racism’ kicks off at the Capitol

Event features speakers and entertainment

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SATURDAY, June 27 — A “Silent Sit-In Against Racism” is under way at the Capitol.

A crowd of 100 or so were on hand for the start of the event, organized by Tamilikia Foster, a poet and nurse at McLaren Hospital. She will speak.

Also scheduled to speak are Bishop David Maxwell, Lansing’s director of community and faith-based initiatives; Dan Ross, a Lansing resident, activist and candidate for Lansing City Council; Hakim Crampton, a specialist in youth violence prevention, poet, mentor, and activist; Jackson-based artist and educator Jojo Perkin; and Shanell Henry, a Lansing native, holy hip-hop artist and community organizer for One Love Global.

The crowd largely seemed to be complying with social distancing and mask wearing.

The event is scheduled to last till 2 p.m.

The performers included a “spiritual praise dance” by a group named “Worship Without Words,” whose members come from different area churches.

Said its leader, Heather Taylor: “Let your kids know you appreciate them. These dancers are ll ages 7 and up. Don’t they look like they could be doing anything else tday? But they’re excited to be sharing their talents with you. Don’t let them down.

“I remind them all the time, ‘You are somebody. I’m somebody. Make sure that people treat you like you’re somebody.”

 (This story will be updated.)

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