- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 9, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) - Many African-American churches are holding special services on the theme “black lives matter” this Sunday, asking congregants to wear black and pray for the black men in their community.

The Washington Post (https://wapo.st/1yyGtoD ) reports the denominations involved are the African Methodist Episcopal Church, the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church and Church of God in Christ.

The services come on the heels of two different grand jury decisions declining to prosecute white police officers in the deaths of unarmed black men. On Nov. 24, a Ferguson, Missouri grand jury declined to indict an officer in the killing of Michael Brown. On Dec. 3, a New York City grand jury declined to prosecute an officer captured on video applying a fatal chokehold on Eric Garner.

Both decisions have set off demonstrations nationwide.

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Information from: The Washington Post, https://www.washingtonpost.com

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