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Jan 16, 2018 by Abigail Sanchez

Black Lives Matter Leader Summons The Dead In Church

In a meeting held by Justice LA at Hollywood United Methodist Church last week, an organizer of the group Black Lives Matter performed a ritual to summon the spirits of dead African American leaders.

The event was held to discuss opposition the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors' allotment of $3.5 million to use for new jails. Representatives include leaders of White People for Black Lives, the ACLU of Southern California, and Dr. Melina Abdullah, a professor at California State University who was also one of the organizers of the national Black Lives Matter movement.

“This is not just a social justice, a racial justice, an economic justice struggle,” Abdullah stated as she addressed the crowd gathered at the church. “This is also a spiritual struggle, so it’s appropriate that we’re here in this setting. And it’s also important that we summon the right energy into this space no matter what faith you are."

Abdullah announced that she would “pour libation” in the name of her African American ancestors, which is a ritual pouring of a liquid as an offering to a god or spirit, or in memory of those who have 'passed on'.

She asked the crowd to join her by chanting "ashe" when she poured out water into a potted plant in the church. "Ashe" is a word that the Yoruba of Nigeria believe has the power to make things happen and produce change.

"We summon those spirits that are still with us," she proceeded. "We summon those people whose bodies have been stolen, but whose souls are still here," she said. “We call on Wakiesha Wilson. We call on George Jackson… Eric Garner… Martin Luther King... Malcolm X...”

“We call you all into this space," Abdullah said to the spirits of dead leaders. "We ask that you work through us. That you give us power; that the Creator give us power when we come together. This victory is assured. Ashe. Ashe. Ashe,” she said concluding this practice in the middle of Hollywood United Methodist Church.

The Bible is clear that this practice, namely necromancy, is sinful and demonic. Deuteronomy, the book which gives the Law to God's people, states," There shall not be found among you anyone who... a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead," and many other related practices, a message which is reiterated through the Bible in both Old and New Testament contexts.



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