DURHAM, N.C. — During Monday’s Durham City Council meeting, Cub Scout Troop 451 was asked to lead the crowd in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance — but 10-year-old Liam Holmes broke from the pack and chose to kneel, WTVD reports.
WTVD spoke with the child’s father, Scott Holmes, a Civil Rights attorney, activist and professor at N.C. Central University.
Holmes said his family members are Quakers and for religious reasons do not believe in taking oaths. He said he was shocked and proud of his son.
“So we’ve talked about that sort of thing before,” Holmes told WTVD. “We never really talked much about, kind of, the racial inequality part of taking a knee beyond something religious. So we talked about it as we waited for the city council to gather.”
Holmes said he did not want to pressure his son but wanted him to feel supported.
Durham Mayor Steve Schewel said, “When I saw one of the boys take a knee, I was surprised but also was very respectful and appreciative of him expressing his conscience.”