The Silent Parade 100th Anniversary

The Silent Parade was a silent protest march of 8,000-10,000 African Americans along Fifth Avenue starting at 57th Street in New York City on July 28, 1917.

In protest to murders, lynchings, and other violence directed towards African Americans, the parade was precipitated by the East St. Louis riots in May and July 1917, when between 40 and 250 black people were killed by white mobs.

East St. Louis riots

The ferocious brutality of the attacks by murderous white mobs, and the refusal by the authorities to protect innocent lives contributed to the reactionary measures of some African Americans in St. Louis and the nation. Marcus Garvey declared in a speech that the riot was “one of the bloodiest outrages against mankind” and a “wholesale massacre of our people”, insisting that “This is no time for fine words, but a time to lift one’s voice against the savagery of a people who claim to be the dispensers of democracy.

Protest in New York

In New York City on July 28, as many as ten thousand African Americans marched down Fifth Avenue in a silent protest march in response to the East St. Louis riots. They carried signs that highlighted protests about the riots. The march was organized by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), W. E. B. Du Bois, and groups in Harlem. Women and children were dressed in white; the men were dressed in black.

They hoped to influence Democratic President Woodrow Wilson to carry through on his election promises to African-American voters to implement anti-lynching legislation, and promote Black causes. Wilson did not do so, and repudiated his promises, and federal discrimination increased during Wilson’s presidency.

Legacy

The parade was the very first protest of its kind in New York, and the second instance of African Americans publicly demonstrating for civil rights so bravely.

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Protestors gather on Long Island ahead of Trump’s speech on gang violence and immigration

  • Hours before President Donald Trump was scheduled to speak on Long Island Friday afternoon, protestors were already out in force to greet him.
  • Trump is set to discuss gang violence, undocumented immigrants and his plans to demand that so-called “sanctuary cities” be denied federal grant money.
  • Demonstrators, many of whom were holding signs advocating for immigrant rights gathered outside of the Suffolk County Community College in Brentwood, New York, on Friday. Read more (7/28/17)

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they want answers

they are not their government

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  • On Wednesday, Trump surprised the nation and announced he is banning transgender individuals from serving in the military “in any capacity.”
  • Moreover, the decision to ban transgender individuals from service was met with immediate and sharp criticism, including denouncements from several Republicans.
  • On Wednesday evening, hundreds of people descended on Times Square in New York City to protest the ban and let their opinions be known. Read more (7/26/17 6:30 PM)