“I say it with a sad sense of the disparity between us. I am not included within the pale of glorious anniversary! Your high independence only reveals the immeasurable distance between us. The blessings in which you, this day, rejoice, are not enjoyed in common. The rich inheritance of justice, liberty, prosperity and independence, bequeathed by your fathers, is shared by you, not by me. The sunlight that brought light and healing to you, has brought stripes and death to me. This Fourth July is yours, not mine. You may rejoice, I must mourn…”
On Saturday, July 4th, 2020, the 10K Foundation observed the 4th of July in a manner fitting for the true spirit of the Holiday. The 4th of July is a day of independence, yet that independence still to this day does not fully apply to all people of all skin colors. To raise awareness to this truth, a silent march was held.
Protestors of all genders, skin colors, and sexual orientations marched through the streets of Minneapolis, dragging chains as they went. A red banner of SOVEREIGNTY was displayed in the light of thousands of sparklers in front of the Federal Reserve, before the march crossed Stone Arch Bridge. Chants broke the silence as the Free people made their way to St. Anthony Main, where the event culminated with music, speakers, food, and the biggest firework show held in downtown Minneapolis this year.
On Sunday, 10K continued to apply pressure to the system with the “New America” march. A passionate group of Protestors, accompanied by the Freedom Fighters, marched from the Mall of America to the memorial site at 38th and Chicago. This march saw the 10K team take to the suburban streets for the first time, and they were met with cheers and support from many local residents, with some even joining in the March themselves.
The marathon continues this weekend as 10K supports the “Mothers March Against Police Violence,” and takes the fight to the Capitol in St. Paul The march will begin at 12 PM at Dale and University. Further details will be revealed at a 10K press conference held on Saturday at 12 PM, Moxy Hotel Downtown.
Special thanks to the following groups for their ongoing support of the 10K Movement:
Men In Black Security
Families Supporting Families Against Police Brutality