The Solution Movement organized a peaceful protest at the Federal Building in downtown Dayton this afternoon.
“We’re still fighting for something the Constitution says that we have access to and we don’t,” Asia Gibbs of the Solution Movement said.
Nearly 100 protesters gathered today to speak out on racial injustice.
“It’s not over until we’re free and not just free-ish,” Gibbs said.
The Springfield NAACP Youth Committee is hosting a virtual vigil today, July 4, to honor black lives lost to police brutality and also spark conversations on the topic to bring about change.
Group president Dorian Hunter told News Center 7′s Jenna Lawson that they picked Independence Day for their event to make a statement.
He said many people in the African American community have shied away from the holiday because while on that date in 1776, the United States was deemed a ‘free’ country, African Americans still were not.
Hunter said the ‘American experience’ is not always the same for citizens of color compared to white citizens – and while the protests the nation has seen over the last month were good for getting people’s attention, Hunter says it’s time to shift the focus to education.
“Instead of practicing the acts of consumerism and buying all these different things, like fireworks, food,” he said. “We decided to take it upon ourselves to provide educational opportunities for people of all backgrounds to learn more about this topic.”
The vigil will feature prominent guest speakers like a team from National Louis University in Florida, including Dr. Patricia Dixon, doctoral candidates Asia Wardlaw and Rhonda Lloyd, as well as Wittenberg University’s Dr. Julius Bailey.
The panel will offer perspectives about how police brutality affects the African American community on psychological and public policy levels.
Those who join in online will be able to ask questions and get input from the guest speakers.
“The best way we can really honor the black lives that have been lost to police brutality is developing ways we can change the issue,” Hunter said.
Black Dayton, a new social media page, has launched with the goal of raising awareness about black-owned businesses. Some of those business owners told our News Center 7′s Ronnell Hunt they hope the social media page will help the business community.
“Sometimes people know you location, sometimes they don’t and Facebook and social media give us the opportunity to let everybody know where we’re at... and let everybody know we are here to serve them,” Lamar Lee, a barber who owns Da Coldest barber shop.
The creators of Black Dayton said they will continue to update the page with information about black businesses as it comes in. They also hope soon to co-host events to promote racial equality.
Things you should also know today in the demand for change following the Memorial Day death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police:
- On July 7, the Piqua City Commission will consider a resolution to declare racism a public health crisis in that Miami County city. The meeting will not be open to public but will be streamed live on the city’s YouTube Channel.
- On July 15, the Black College Football Hall of Fame will host a virtual event, “Black College Football… The Road to Equality,” at 8:30 p.m. hosted by Steve Wyche (NFL Network) and Charles Davis (NFL on CBS). This national event will feature stories of struggle and triumph from football players who played for Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Journalist and author Samuel Freedom will discuss his bestselling book “Breaking the Line: The Season in Black College Football that Transformed the Sport and Changed the Course of Civil Rights.” The goal for the event is to engage in the national discussion on social justice by sharing the history of black college football and its impact on civil rights as well as serving as a platform to raise funds and awareness for HBCUs and the Black Football Hall of Fame. There is no cost to participate and watch. You can RSVP here.
- On Aug. 28, thousands of black activists from across the U.S. will hold a virtual convention to produce a new political agenda that seeks to build on the success of the protests that followed George Floyd’s death. The 2020 Black National Convention will be presented via a live broadcast. It will feature conversations, performances and other events designed to develop a set of demands ahead of the November general election, according to an announcement shared first this week with The Associated Press. The convention is being organized by the Electoral Justice Project of the Movement for Black Lives, a coalition of more than 150 organizations. In 2016, the coalition released its “Vision for Black Lives” platform, which called for public divestment from mass incarceration and for adoption of policies that can improve conditions in Black America.
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