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March for Racial Justice & Compassion

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George Wilson Community Center

303 New London Road

Newark, DE 19711

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March Statement:

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.

The NAACP’s Silent Protest Parade in 1917 on New York City’s 5th Avenue.

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

Where: George Wilson Community Center in Newark, DE

Route: We will begin marching from the George Wilson Community Center at 9:00 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.


Schedule:

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 in 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


Parking: Marchers are asked to park at the University of Delaware in Lot 6.


Tickets: These tickets are for the march. We are organizing a rally with speakers inside the George Wilson Center before the march. When we have a list of speakers we will post a separate event for that. Tickets for the inside rally must be limited because of capacity limitations dictated by the Fire Marshall.


Supporting Congregations and Organizations:

Delaware Citizens Opposed to the Death Penalty

The Delaware Coalition to Dismantle the New Jim Crow

Delaware United

League of Women Voters of New Castle County

Lifepath Church

New Ark United Church of Christ

New Elizabeth AME Church

Newark Friends Meeting

St. John AM Church

Southern Delaware Alliance for Racial Justice

Unitarian Universalist Delaware Advocacy Network (UUDAN)

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Newark (UUFN)

Unitarian Universalist Society of Mill Creek (UUSMC)

Unitarian Universalist of Southern Delaware (UUSD)

YWCA Delaware


FAQs

Why are you asking for donations?

We will be incurring expenses associated with organizing the march. The organizers have to pay for the use of the George Wilson Center as well as for additional parking at a University of Delaware Parking lot and overtime for officers from the Newark Police Department to help with crowd control.

Is this a march or a rally?

These tickets are for the march. We are organizing a rally with speakers inside the George Wilson Center before the march. When we have a list of speakers we will post a separate event for that. Tickets for the inside rally must be limited because of capacity limitations dictated by the Fire Marshall.

Why will we be marching in silence?

We are marching in silence to memorialize the historic March of 1917, which was the first mass march protest confronting racial injustice. Our march will be held in silence in respect and solidarity with those who have gone before us. The silence ties into our theme of historical remembrance.

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