‘Empower Black Women’ — Hear speeches from weekend rally
- Published: July 15, 2020
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.