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100 Years Ago African-Americans Marched Down 5th Avenue to Declare That Black Lives Matter


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100 Years Ago African-Americans Marched Down 5th Avenue to Declare That Black Lives Matter

Chad Williams

The only sounds were those of muffled drums, the shuffling of feet and the gentle sobs of some of the estimated 20,000 onlookers. The women and children wore all white. The men dressed in black.

On the afternoon of Saturday, July 28, 1917, nearly 10,000 African-Americans marched down Fifth Avenue, in silence, to protest racial violence and white supremacy in the United States.

New York City, and the nation, had never before witnessed such a remarkable scene.


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This article is a powerful reminder that the ugliness of racism has been a constant characteristic of our society for a long time. One cannot understand America without accepting this fact. Tragically, in many quarters, the same mindset still exists today. Make no mistake about it, even though the overt expression of it is not as common, nor as widely accepted today, it still smolders in many hearts. It has very recently even been a major factor in a Presidential election victory!