With all the tensions present in our Nation, a peaceful march has been planned for Annapolis on Friday, July 15th.
Those interested in acting against the dehumanization of African Americans across the nation and anyone who is interested in the reforming of social justice issues for all people are invited to participate in a March in Solidarity – Peaceful Protest
Organizers and marchers will meet in the parking lot of Wiley H. Bates Middle School 701 Chase St at 7:00pm and will head out to West Street, down to Church Circle, down Main Street to City Dock. This route in total will be 1.3 miles.
From Da’ Juan K. Gay, the Organizer, “When the Black Lives Matter campaign began I was a bit apprehensive to the idea. Our nation had not seen African Americans (as well as others) join arms and protest the rights of equality and justice for our community for years, almost decades. Since the conception of this organization in 2012 after young Trayvon Martin was slain in the streets, we have witnessed attacks on the African American community on almost a daily basis. Young men such as Tamir Rice who was killed on November 22nd, 2014 at just 12 years old. The backbones of the African American community our females have been attacked, women like Sandra Bland who died in police custody on July 13th, 2015 and almost a year later her family and the nation still waits for answers.”
Gay continued, “Our men who face such strong obstacles just because of the color of their skin are harassed on a daily basis, are slain on a daily basis. Men like Freddie Grey, Alton Sterling and most recently, Philando Castile. We should not have to live in fear from those who are assigned to protect us–most of whom do a good job; but not all.”
“I have decided that it is time to get involved and stand in solidarity with those across the nation peacefully protesting as we speak! I am asking each of you to consider marching in solidarity with me, standing strong following in the footsteps of many before us. If we stay silent, we accept what’s dealt but if we speak — we spark conversation, we show our pride and we show that we too deserve equality and justice. Please help me spread this message, help me gather a peaceful group that will stand for what is right.”