We were shocked. Saturday night hundreds of gravestones at the Mt. Carmel Cemetery were desecrated. Immediately people of all backgrounds - Jews, Muslims, Christians - ventured out to the cemetery to offer assistance. Yesterday I participated in a gathering of close to 200 faith leaders that culminated in a press conference denouncing the vandalism on the Mount Carmel Cemetery.
The Rev. Jay Broadnax, the president of the Black Clergy of Philadelphia who sat at my table, was among the many speakers to issue a statement. He offered: “We must stand together, we are one community here in Philadelphia. I’m reminded of how this community came together after the incident in Charleston, South Carolina, that affected my denomination, and how many of these people stood together with us. We’re proud to stand with you today condemning this act.”