Candlelight Vigil

On October 21, 2015, six months following the murder of Samuel Harrell, family, friends, community members, religious and civic leaders, and local activists gathered outside the prison to honor Samuel’s life and demand justice for his death.


Listen to the powerful words offered by Tiffany Van Dyke, friend of the family, in closing that evening:


Listen to the entire vigil here:

0:08 Jeff Golden, Beacon Prison Action
7:14 Ralph Williams, Newburgh, NY, sings “His Eye is on the Sparrow”
12:04 Greg Harrell, Samuel’s Uncle
17:02 Odell Winfield, New Progressive Church, End the New Jim Crow Action Network (ENJAN)
22:36 Diane Harrell, Samuel’s Wife
26:43 Cerissa Harrell, Samuel’s Sister
30:52 Poet Gold, Newburgh, NY, recites her poem “Freedom is a Birthright”
34:50 Natajah Roberts, Hudson Valley Black Lives Matter Coalition
39:33 Singalong, “Lean On Me,” “This Little Light of Mine,” Yanow, Jessica, Andrew, Matt
46:41 Tiffany Van Dyke, family friend, Kingston, NY

Read the opening statement offered by Jeff Golden:

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