Archbishop Elpidophoros of America joins Brooklyn protest

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Archbishop Elpidophoros of America joined the protests in honour of the ‘Black Lives Matter’ campaign, marching through the streets of Brooklyn on Wednesday. The Archbishop marched together with Borough president of Brooklyn, Eric Adams and state Senator Andrew Gounardes.

“We must speak and speak loudly against the injustice in our country. It is our moral duty and obligation to uphold the sanctity of every human being,” he posted on his social media accounts.

“I came here to Brooklyn today in order to stand in solidarity with my fellow sisters and brothers whose rights have been sorely abused. This was a peaceful protest, one without violence of any kind, and  thank all of those involved, because violence begets only more violence.”

I came here to Brooklyn today in order to stand in solidarity with my fellow sisters and brothers whose rights have been…

Posted by Archbishop Elpidophoros of America on Wednesday, 3 June 2020

The Brooklyn Borough President thanked Archbishop Elpidophoros for attending the rally saying,“It’s important to be in this together, united around the cause of change”.

Elpidophoros is not the first Greek Orthodox Archbishop of America who has expressed sincere solidarity with the black community in the USA.

Archbishop Iakovos (1911-2006) was one of the only Church leaders who walked hand in hand with Martin Luther King Jr. during the famous march in Selma, Alabama.

Archbishop Iakovos to the right of Martin Luther King Jr., captured on the cover of Life Magazine on March 26, 1965.

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