‘The Debt to Black America in this Democracy Continues’

Episcopal Bishop Mariann Edgar Budde at frontlines in D.C. on Wednesday, 3 June 2020 (Photo credit: Jim Simpson)

“So let’s be clear about one of the events of this past week. The president of the united states threatened to use military force against American citizens. And then proceeded to use federal officers to disperse peaceful protesters outside of the White house. The African American mayor of this city stood her ground. She stood the ground for all of us. The debt to Black America in this democracy continues.”—Mariann Edgar Budde, Episcopal Bishop of Washington, sermon from the Washington National Cathedral (June 7, 2020)