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Glendale City Church Assists Glendale City Council in Passage of Resolution Acknowledging Exclusionary History as a Sundown Town

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In Spring 2019, the Glendale City Church congregation began to grapple with their city’s history and their role in passively and actively supporting the city’s enforcement of racist policies. “We talked about what took place in our city and we shared stories from current and former church members of color on how they were treated by white church members,” shared Todd Leonard, Glendale City’s senior pastor. “The executive director of YWCA Glendale viewed our worship services on this topic and asked me to share our history and stories at its first Summit on Racism later that spring. Without my knowledge, my sharing at this event was the first time many city residents in attendance had heard about our sundown town history and led some to begin doing more research and begin planning how to bring this to the attention of our city’s leaders.” On Sept. 15 of this year, in an historic vote, the City Council of Glendale voted unanimously to adopt a resolution acknowledging the city’s racially exclusionary past as a “Sundown Town”—places that banned black people within city limits after dark. “Grateful that our church believes in bringing justice to Glendale,” the church shared on social media. “This is another way we live out the good news of Jesus.”

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