BLM Holds Séance in Church
January 17, 2018
A Black Lives Matter activist has been captured on video performing a séance in an effort to communicate with the spirits of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Malcom X, and Shaka Zulu, among others.
In the video, posted to YouTube by a little-known channel, features Los Angeles BLM leader Dr. Melina Abdullah, a professor at California State University, performing what is called a “pouring of libations” ceremony. In it, she calls out to the spirits of deceased civil rights icons, and invites those spirits to fill the room with “energy.”
In the clip, Abdullah dons a camouflage jacket and then says:
This is not just a social justice, a racial justice, an economic justice struggle. This is also a spiritual struggle, so it’s appropriate that we’re here in this setting. It’s also important that we summon the right energy into this space no matter what faith you are …
We summon those spirits that are still with us. We summon those people whose bodies have been stolen but whose souls are still here. We ask that you be with us. We ask that you work through us. We ask that we do righteous work on your behalf.
We call on our warriors into this space. We know that when we fight we win. When we struggle we win. When it’s a strong, righteous struggle, victory is certain. We call on momma Ella Baker into this space. We call on momma Ida B. Wells into this space. We call on Martin Luther King into this space.
Abdullah also summoned the spirits of slave rebellion leader Nat Turner, and George Jackson, a member of the Black Panther Party who founded the Black Guerilla prison gang. She also jokingly summoned the spirit of abolitionist John Brown, who she said is “the only spirit that occupied a white person’s body that is invited” to what could only be described as a séance.
The meeting, which was a discussion in protest of plans to construct two new jail facilities in Los Angeles County, was held at Hollywood United Methodist Church. The church organized the meeting with several area groups, including BLM, which comprise the group Justice LA, which advocates for the abolition of prisons.