The signs of our collective voices can be seen in the hands of women who marched throughout our nation’s capitol.
The March for Racial Justice and the March for Black Women convened in Washington, DC with two autonomous rallies with one message of Unity. The power of Black women voices can be heard of in Seward Park and voices of a diverse community came together for racial justice in Lincoln Park, the combined voices in Capitol Hill sent a clear direct message: We, the people are tired of blatant injustices against women, people of color, and religious groups. The two groups met and combined forces to march together to the Justice Department and the Mall.
The March for Racial Justice mission is to harness the national unrest and dissatisfaction with racial injustice into a national mobilization that strengthens local and nationwide efforts for racial equity and justice. March for Black Women direct message, we have always put it simply: Black women’s issues are racial justice issues. Black lived-experiences related to gender, sexuality, gender identity are-racial-justice-issues.
A host of speakers met the groups on the National Mall, including:
- Johnnie Jae: Board Member of Not Your Mascots and LiveIndigenousOK, Writer, speaker, and advocate from the Otoe-Missouria and Choctaw tribes of Oklahoma, and founder and CEO of A Tribe Called Geek and founding
- Graylan Hagler: Local pastor and activist of Faith Strategies, Helped organize the Charlottesville to DC march
- Steven Douglass: Washington DC pastor, activist, and representative for Terrence Sterling
- Erika Andiola: Political Director of Our Revolution and immigration activist
- Ana Rondon: Organizer and immigration activist, Many Languages One Voice
- Valerie Castile: Mother of Philando Castile, founder of Philando Castile Relief Foundation
- Linda Sarsour: fmr. Executive Director of the Arab American Association of New York, Organizer for the 2017 Women’s March, Palestinian-American political activist
- Michaela Angela Davis: Writer on African-American style, race, gender and hip-hop culture in the United States
- Gloria Steinem: American feminist, journalist, and social political activist
- Farah Tanis: Co-Founder/Executive Director of Black Women’s Blueprint and organize for the U.S. Truth and Reconciliation Commission on Sexual Assault.
- Teresa Younger: President and CEO of Ms. Foundation for women
- Toni Van Pelt: President of the National Organization for Women
Feminist and humanist activist
- Dorcas Davis: co-founder of March for Racial Justice, Activist, facilitator, educator, artist
- Gina Belafonte: Actress, producer, and activist to end gang intervention and issues of youth incarceration