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NAN and Mothers Of The Movement to commemorate 5th Anniversary of the death of Eric Garner at the hands of NYPD Officers

Jul 11, 2019
Rev. Sharpton and Gwen Carr, police chokehold victim Eric Garner's mother lead a march for Garner in Brooklyn in 2016, two years after Garner's murder.

NEW YORK (July 10, 2019) — In their continued efforts to shed light on police misconduct, Rev. Al Sharpton, National Action Network (NAN), and the Mothers of the Movement will convene services to celebrate the life of Eric Garner, who was choked to death five years ago by New York City police officers in Staten Island.

More than 20 mothers who have lost their children to police brutality will join the services to commemorate the fifth anniversary of Garner’s death. Advocates, clergy and community leaders will join the Mothers to mobilize and continue standing strong against the unnecessary and unacceptable losses of innocent Black men and women at the hands of law enforcement.

Church services will begin at 10:00 a.m. with a sermon from Rev. Al Sharpton at the New Hope Baptist Church in Elizabeth, NJ. Immediately following the service, Sharpton and the Mothers will hold a vigil at at Rosedale Cemetery where both Eric and Erica Garner are buried.


Remembrance Services for the Life of Eric Garner on the 5th Anniversary of His Death


Rev. Al Sharpton, Founder & President, National Action Network (NAN)
Rev. Steffie Bartley, Interim NE Regional Director of National Action Network
Gwen Carr, Eric Garner’s Mother
Wanda Johnson, Oscar Grant’s Mother
Lezley McSpadden, Michael Brown Jr.’s Mother
Felicia Thomas, Nicholas Thomas’s Mother
Marion Gray-Hopkins, Gary Hopkins Jr.’s Mother
Queen Brown, Evititon Brown’s Mother
Montye Benjamin, Jayvis Benjamin’s Mother
Sequita Thompson, Stephen Clark’s Mother
Hawa Bah, Mohamad Bah’s Mother
Gwen Wesley, Clifford Westly’s Mother
Valerie Bell, Sean Bell’s Mother
Rhanda Dormeus, Korryn Gaines’s Mother
Pamela Brooks, Amir Brooks’ Mother
Greta Willis, Kevin Cooper’s Mother
Darlene Caine, Dale Graham’s Mother
Beverly Smith, Alonzo Smith’s Mother
Sherrill Stone, Shaheed James’s Mother
Dorithy Elliott, Archie Elliott’s Mother
Kenithia Alston, Marqueese Alston’s Mother
Cathy Young, Jquan Young’s Mother
Jacqueline Minifield-Brown, D’Londre Minifield’s Mother


Sunday, July 14


10:00 a.m.
Sermon from the Rev. Al Sharpton
New Hope Baptist Church
91 Division St.
Elizabeth, NJ 07201

Directly Following Service

Graveside Vigil at the Graves of Eric and Erica Garner
Rosedale Cemetery
350 E Linden Ave
Linden, NJ 07036.