For generations we have marched, sat-in, walked-out, blocked bridges, protested, and educated our communities about issues of racial justice in a struggle to transform the policies that produce injustice.
The late Nelson Mandela once said: “People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite… Man’s goodness (Humanity) is a flame that can be hidden but never extinguished”.
We will be marching for justice and equality for all people. We will be marching to educate and raise awareness of the daily challenges that face communities of color such as inequalities in education, labor and economics, law enforcement, criminal justice, environmental injustices, and more.
We will be marching because we must endeavor to dismantle oppression, challenge, reverse, and put an end to racist laws, policies, and practices that dehumanize people of color while white supremacy and racism are being sustained by many of those in our government.
Our mission is to bring our community together to harness our unrest, dissatisfaction, and anger with racial injustice. We will be joining a national mobilization that strengthens local and national efforts for racial equity and justice.
Just as activists and community members before us have marched in silence and with solidarity at The NAACP’s Silent Protest Parade in 1917 on New York City’s 5th Avenue, we will incorporate that same symbolic silence into our march as well.
We will be marching together to join our minds and hearts in order to make a conscious choice to show respect for one another. Moreover, we will remember and honor Newark, Delaware‘s own history, and all of those who have suffered injustice and marched before us. We will be joining them in hope for a just and equitable future for the whole human family. Together we will be taking a stand for racial justice in our local communities and in our nation. We stand in unity with compassion in order to create this change.
We hope you will join our symbolic silent march as we strive to bring awareness to the racial injustice in our communities, and inform the community about the historical and current racial struggles that our communities still endure. It is 2017, and we hope to achieve what we as a society could not do in the past together. It is time to end racial injustice in this forward moving society!
Details of March:
Date: Saturday, October 28th, 2017
Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Route: We will begin marching from the George Wilson Community Center at 10:00 a.m. on 10/28/17. The group will cross the street at the GWCC, and proceed down New London Road toward the railroad tracks. We will then turn left to Main Street, past the Deer Park. We will continue to walk on Main Street until we make a left onto North College Avenue. We will cross the street at the corner of Cleveland and North College Avenue, and proceed to turn left on Cleveland Avenue in the direction of New London Road. At the corner of Cleveland Avenue and New London Road, we will turn right onto New London Road, walking up New London Road, back to the George Wilson Community Center crossing New London Road.
-Speakers: 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
- Freeman Williams, Newark NAACP – Masters of ceremony
- Rev. Blaine Hackett, St. John’s AM – Invocation
- Sylvester Woolford, Historian – Newark racial history
- Florine Henderson, NAACP – March directions
-March: 10:00 – 11:00 am
There will also be presenters who will remain at the George Wilson Center during this time for those who choose not to march.
-Speakers: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
- Sen. Stephanie Hansen – Community engagement and the political process
- Jeffery Richardson – University of Delaware, Environmental Justice
- Sherry Dorsey – Community engagement
- Rev. Lawrence Livingston – Sending message and closing prayer
Tickets: Tickets help the organizers to plan appropriately for crowd size. There is NO COST to attend the march but please do register and “get a ticket” to help us plan! Thanks!
About the Speakers:
Freeman Williams. ED.D. is a past superintendent of the Christina School District. Currently, he serves his community as the president of the Board for Neighborhood House in Wilmington and Middletown which provides counseling, early childhood education, and meal services. Dr. Williams is also actively engaged in community service as the vice president Newark chapter of the NAACP.
Elder Blaine A. Hackett currently serves as pastor of Historic St. John African AM Church in Newark, DE; a Congregational, Community, Fellowship Ministry. He is also a DMin. student at Biblical Theological Seminary in Hatfield, PA. Elder Hackett is the 3rd Vice President of the Newark Branch of the NAACP. He is married to his wife Vernell Jackson-Hackett, one son Sieki, and two grand-daughters Simyrah, Yazmeen and a grand-son Cameron.
Jeffrey Richardson is the Director of Diversity, Outreach and Community Engagement for the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Delaware where he teaches courses on Environmental Justice and Black Thought and Philosophy for the Department of Africana Studies. He is a renewable energy advocate who also directs a solar company that focuses on training, local workforce development and diversification of the solar industry. He has over 30 years of experience in social justice organizing and community economic development with a primary focus on increasing the accountability of systems to low-income and people of color communities.
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