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On July 11, 2020, villagers gathered for the seventh straight week to demonstrate against racism and police brutality. (Photo by Kathleen Galarza)

‘Empower Black Women’ — Hear speeches from weekend rally

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On Saturday, July 11, villagers met for the seventh weekend in an ongoing demonstration against racism and police brutality. Each weekend’s event follows a different theme, with the July 11 rally bearing the theme “Empower Black Women.” The demonstrations have been organized in part by local young women and YSHS students.

Five women speakers — Shonda Sneed, Arielle Johnson, Lisa Kreeger (for Judith Ezekiel), Jody Pettiford and Sommer McGuire — addressed the crowd, speaking on racism, violence against Black women, erasure of Black women and the importance of voting, among other things. 

Following the speakers’ addresses, those assembled marched down Xenia Avenue toward Corry Street, continuing down Dayton Street, Walnut Street and returning to Xenia Avenue before heading toward Dollar General.

Below is a YouTube playlist of the women speakers featured at the event, including transcriptions of their words. For more recordings of some speakers and performers at past YS Speaking Up for Justice events, check out this Soundcloud playlist.

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One Response to “‘Empower Black Women’ — Hear speeches from weekend rally”

  1. Lonilee Whistledorf says:

    I listened to the speeches you’ve posted here. If you haven’t heard these women speak, please do. They are inspiring and give hope for the future of human rights and justice. “Thank you” for providing the link. I only wish I’d heard the voices years ago, but it is as they say “when the student is ready; the teacher appears.”

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