Washington, DC braces for more than 20 protests with BLM demonstrations also taking place nationwide
The holiday on July 4 is marked by celebrating America’s birthday and protests against police brutality and racism, particularly in the country’s capital, where at least 20 demonstrations are scheduled for Saturday.
Black Lives Matter protesters are expected to stage a march in memory of George Floyd, the 46-year-old black man who died in custody of Minneapolis police in late May.
The march, which was scheduled to begin Saturday at 9:30 AM, runs from the Lincoln Memorial to the Washington Monument.
A memorial meeting for Floyd will be held in the Ellipse, the large 52-acre park just south of the White House gate.
Protesters gathered in support of Black Lives Matter for a march in Washington, DC, on Saturday
The country’s capital will host at least 20 marches, sit-ins, gatherings and protests on the July 4 holiday.
A memorial meeting for George Floyd will be held in the Ellipse, the large 52-acre park just south of the White House fence
Another demonstration scheduled for Saturday at 10:00 AM will take place under the banner ‘All Americans Unite’.
The march is held in solidarity with all communities, regardless of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation or gender identity.
A separate protest entitled The Million Man March On Washington will begin at 10:00 AM on Saturday.
It starts at the Martin Luther King Jr National Memorial and then continues to the White House and finally the U.S. Capitol.
Outside the Supreme Court, a “ peaceful sit-in for black women ” will take place from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM Saturday morning.
An organization called the Freedom Day Foundation plans a “ blackout march, ” asking all participants to wear black clothes as they walk in a procession starting at noon in the Capitol Reflecting Pool.
Another march unaffiliated with the local Black Lives Matter chapter is scheduled to begin at 12:30 PM at the National Museum of African American History and Culture.
Protesters receive red, black and green banners and are assembled to form a Pan African flag as they march in a procession to the Washington Monument.
Protesters march to Boston Common in Boston on June 14. Rallies, marches, sit-ins and other events are scheduled in the United States on Saturday
Several other marches and demonstrations are planned, including one at Malcolm X Park starting at 3:00 PM.
Military veterans march in solidarity with Black Lives Matter from McPherson Square metro stop at 4pm to President Trump’s ‘Salute to America’ event at the South Lawn of the White House.
There will also be a military viaduct and fireworks over the Mall.
Several racist injustice protests, marches and sit-ins are also planned for Saturday across the country.
In Chicago, some 2,000 people on Facebook said they were interested in attending a rally and march downtown.
Event planners said they would ask participants to kneel silently for 8 minutes and 46 seconds in memory of George Floyd.
A violinist also plays the black folk song, Lift Every Voice and Sing.
In Brooklyn, a coalition of LGBTQ activists, filmmakers and historians is organizing a ‘Confronting July 4th’ protest march starting at 2:30 PM in Fort Greene Park.
The organizers of the march said they refuse to celebrate this country’s money laundering.
“Instead, we will joyfully and actively celebrate and honor the ancestors and activists who have fought and continue to fight tirelessly for the lives and rights of people.”
In Boston, protesters plan to participate in a “Say Her Name” protest and demonstration in support of black women.
The rally begins in Nubian Square and continues towards Boston Common, where organizers are planning a ‘festive’ event.
“There will be radical joy and dance because, as Audre Lorde wrote, ‘it’s better to speak / remember / we were never meant to survive,'” the event’s description says on Facebook.
Womxn holds half heaven all over the world and has always been essential, but black women are too often overlooked, erased and devalued.
“Show up for Black womxn. Support Black womxn. ‘
A rally is scheduled for Saturday night at Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta.
Black Lives Matter protesters kneel in Nashville on June 4
The theme of the protest is ‘rally for repairations’ and participants are encouraged to wear red, green and black.
Several protests and gatherings are planned in New Jersey, including one in Maplewood in memory of Elijah McClain, the 23-year-old black man who died in custody last August.
Demonstrations are also planned for Newark, Plainfield and Atlantic City.
All protests – in theory – should be over before the festive evening at the Mall.
Public health officials are bracing for another spike in virus cases following this weekend’s celebrations and protests.
Some link the latest flare-up to the delayed outcome of widespread celebrations during the Memorial Day holiday in late May, and to the reopening of some states’ economies beginning around that time.
And they see this Independence Day weekend as a potential tipping point – at worst, a repeat of the Memorial Day resurgence.