What Happens When Black Protestors Move In Silence?

Silent Parade in 1917
Leslie Taylor-Grover
August 4, 2020

It must have seemed like the second coming. Thousands of Black people, dressed in white, strode down the streets of New York, right where the Trump building stands today. But something was different about this protest.

There were no bullhorns, no confrontation, and no shouting. There was no clapping, no singing, and no explanation. It was just us in a glorious procession, not uttering a single sound. What was this?

Throughout July 1917, our people were ambushed. Ultimately 200 Black men, women, and children were drowned, beaten, lynched, or burned - just for existing! The survivors, numbering in the thousands, fled their homes to escape the violence and arson. Then we made an important decision.

This was the first time our people had united in the tens of thousands, so we needed to make an impact. Armed only with signs that read mottos such as “Make America Safe For Democracy” and “Your Hands Are Full Of Blood,” we decided to march in complete silence. The result?

The country took notice, and people not only joined our cause, but also were inspired to raise their voices against racism! Now, over a century later we must continue to fight - because our power is indeed in our unity.

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