Charlottesville Leaders Announce March to Washington, D.C. to Confront White Supremacy
Weeks after violence erupted, marchers are demanding the removal of officials who enable white supremacists — including President Donald Trump
CHARLOTTESVILLE — Today, various leaders and clergy in Charlottesville, Va., announced a ten-day march to Washington, D.C. in response to the white supremacist violence that unfolded on August 12, and the President and other officials’ refusal to confront and condemn white supremacy in America. Marchers, made up of local faith leaders, students and community leaders, will be joined by hundreds of clergy, activists and supporters from across the nation. The trek, beginning on Monday, August 28, will commence at Emancipation Park in Charlottesville, with marchers ending their journey in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, September 6. The group is demanding the removal of officials who enable white supremacists, including President Trump, along with the undoing of policies that embolden and protect them.
“Our country is in desperate need of moral leadership. We are calling on all people of faith and moral character to join us in proclaiming our uncompromising opposition to white supremacy,” said Dr. Alvin Edwards, Pastor of First African Baptist Church, one of many clergy issuing the call to action. “From Charlottesville to D.C., we must confront this ideology of hate with the power of love.”
The march is a response to the violence that occurred on August 12, when hundreds of white nationalists and neo-nazis came to Charlottesville to resist local progress toward racial healing. The violence that occurred during the hours of rioting resulted in many injuries and the death of one local woman, Heather Heyer, according to reports. Rather than unequivocally condemning their violence and hatred, President Trump still blames ‘both sides’ for the terror inflicted, yet again, by white supremacist groups.
“Racism is not a new phenomenon for Charlottesville or the University of Virginia. It is deeply-rooted in the history of both the institution and the city. We’ve faced it time and time again and we’re tired. The blatant racism, violence, and terrorism that we encountered two weeks ago will not be tolerated,” said Danyelle Honoré, a third-year student at the University of Virginia. “It’s time we live out our values and confront white supremacy in Charlottesville, in the White House, or anywhere else.”
Over the course of the ten-day trek, marchers will stop at various spots along the route, including confederate monuments, according to march organizers. Supporters and those interested in learning about and joining the march will be able to receive up-to-date information by visiting the website, www.cville2dc.us.
Various organizations and alliances have signed on to support and participate in the march, including Color of Change, the Movement for Black Lives (M4BL), the Women’s March, United We Dream, Repairers of the Breach, IfNotNow and many more.
“We know that this is a very dangerous moment in our nation’s history, a moment that requires action,” march organizers said. “We are marching to D.C. in the spirit of love, equity and justice like those before us did in the face of hatred and oppression. We will demand our country reckon with its long history of white supremacy, that our nation’s leadership side with those of us who will no longer abide it, and we call for the removal of all those, including the president, who refuse to do so.”