October 6, 2020 – Syracuse, NY – Black Men United, in collaboration with more than 25 local organizations (including InterFaith Works of Central New York), is holding a march of Black and Brown men of all ages, who will assemble at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, at Syracuse City Hall, 233 E. Washington St., in a demonstration of support for their communities and shifting negative attitudes about Black and Brown men.
Beginning at 2 p.m. at City Hall, the socially distanced march will proceed through the streets of Syracuse. Mark Muhammad, a minister with the Nation of Islam, Professor at Syracuse University, Onondaga Community College and Vice President of the Syracuse Board of Education, will serve as keynote speaker at the rally. Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh and Deputy Mayor Sharon Owens are also expected to speak during the rally, as well members of the Syracuse clergy and other community leaders.
After their remarks, marchers will pledge to support each other, lift up family and build their community, said Black Men United founder JahQuan Bey-Wright, who is also dialogue coordinator at InterFaith Works’ El-Hindi Center for Dialogue.
“Black and Brown people are living through three separate pandemics – social inequality, COVID-19 and, for various reasons, Black and Brown unity – but we are here to address that,” Bey-Wright explained.
The organizers are inviting men and women of all races to greet the marchers in a show of solidarity in their support and encouragement of Black men taking a stand for their communities. In addition to the marchers, spectators and volunteers interested in helping pass out food and water, offering words of encouragement and support and assisting with logistics on the day are asked to register online for this event at https://suitedupforsolidaritymarch.eventbrite.com.
InterFaith Works is one of 25 supporting organizations that include a wide-ranging coalition of community groups, companies, public officials and local governmental entities.
While the march and rally were planned to build support, uplift and empower Black men and boys, according to Bey-Wright, “it takes our entire community to make the impact we desire and need. We want the diversity of support and participation in this event to mirror the wonderful diversity of the Syracuse community and Upstate New York. Regardless of race, shade, creed or gender, we are counting on the entire community to come out in a powerful display of solidarity in Central New York and surrounding areas.”