Funeral services were held yesterday for 28 year old Sandra Bland. After a traffic stop Sandra was arrested and held in a Texas jail for 3 days. She was found hanged in a jail cell on Monday July 20. Autopsy reports claimed her death was by suicide.
Sandra’s funeral was attended by family, friends and even those who didn’t know her at the DuPage African Methodist Episcopal Church in Lisle, Illinois.
Among those who spoke was Sandra’s mother Geneva Reed-Veal.
“That baby did not take herself out of here,” said Geneva Reed-Veal, Ms. Bland’s mother, during the funeral here at DuPage African Methodist Episcopal Church.
Ms. Reed-Veal spoke at length, telling mourners about a recent road trip she had taken with her daughter. On their way to visit relatives in Tennessee, Ms. Reed-Veal said, Ms. Bland told her she had found a calling and planned to pursue it by returning to Texas, where she had attended college.
“Her purpose was to stop all injustice against blacks in the South,” Ms. Reed-Veal said at the funeral.
Others spoke about how excited she was about her future. For many it was a celebration of her life.
Saturday’s funeral was mostly a celebration of Ms. Bland’s life: her commitment to her sorority, Sigma Gamma Rho; her involvement at church; her skills on the trombone; her college degree in agricultural food sciences; and her recent social media posts critiquing race relations in America.
“We’re not funeralizing a martyr or a victim,” said the Rev. James F. Miller, who officiated. “We’re celebrating a hero.”
Words were also spoken about the suspicions surrounding her death and the Texas officials investigating her death. Mourners were also encouraged to continue using social media to seek justice in the death of Sandra.
Rest in Peace Sandra Bland.
Check out the entire article at the New York Times.