© 2017 Emory Douglas / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
New York City 100 years ago: July 28, 1917, a silent protest parade was organized by W.E.B. Du Bois and the NAACP. The parade was a reaction to the horror of the East St. Louis riots.
Some 10,000 African American men, women & children gathered at the call to action and marched peacefully to demand equal justice.
A century later, on July 28th, 2017 a coalition of artists, activists and engaged community will unite to commemorate and honor the original 1917 Silent Protest Parade and stand together in solidarity to demand our safety and the protection of our families, our freedom and our humanity.The rhetoric and vitriol of the current administration insults, demonizes, and threatens many of us– immigrants of all statuses and religious faiths, people of color and those that identify LGBTQIA, women and those with disabilities.
We invite all communities that have been impacted to join us as we demand to be allowed to live with dignity and without fear.
A merging of art and activism, the Art Walk will pay homage to the lost and stand in solidarity with the marginalized.