Activists and organizers from Black Lives Matter of Greater New York, Richmond Peace Education Center, Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy, and the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Richmond, along with hundreds of Virginians led a powerful and moving demonstration for racial justice.
After listening to speakers and poets at the Maggie Walker we marched to the J.E.B. Stuart Monument on Monument Avenue to celebrate RVA’s rich diversity and create a environment free of white supremacy.
We want all kids in RVA, have equal opportunity, hope and safety no matter what race they are or where they live. We addressed the Confederate Statue controversy by adding diverse alternatives and perspectives to the statues.
Rather than celebrating public figures who felt as if Black people are only worthy of being enslaved, and oppressed for 400+ years, we want RVA to embrace Black people who have done amazing things for our community. We want RVA to embrace Audre Lorde, Bayard Rustin, Angela Davis, Alicia Garza, Patrisse Khan-Cullors and Opal Tometi. The most memorable aspect of the march was when a 17-year-old Black Lives Matter activist led an Assata Shakur chant.
As a young Black person, I would love for RVA to embrace Black culture, Black excellence, Black beauty, Black love, Black milestones and Black humanity.