Date: Sun. Oct 4 | Time: 3P | Location: West & Wood St., Downtown Youngstown | Parade: Register here.

Over 100 years ago the Negro Silent Protest Parade was a silent march of about 10,000 African Americans along Fifth Avenue starting at 57th Street in New York City on July 28, 1917. It is arguably the most significant event that set the stage for civil rights marches.

Over 50 years ago the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, whose purpose of the march was to advocate for civil and economic rights for African Americans. At the march, Martin Luther King Jr., standing in front of the Lincoln Memorial, delivered his historic “I Have a Dream” speech in which he called for an end to racism.

Now, steeped in our current societal woes, the Ohio NonViolence Week committee follows in the path laid before us by those torchbearers in the faith. With our annual parade and rally for peace, justice and equality for all people. Dr. King’s six principles of NonViolence are embedded deeply within this cause.

We are challenged to share the principles – especially in todays society and climate, with all who will embark on this way of life. It requires bold action, now, to stand against bigotry, intolerance, hatred and racism. We must choose now to stand on the right side of history and be a voice to those who have been silenced.

  • PRINCIPLE ONE: Nonviolence is a way of life for courageous people
  • PRINCIPLE TWO: Nonviolence seeks to win friendship and understanding.
  • PRINCIPLE THREE: Nonviolence seeks to defeat injustice not people.
  • PRINCIPLE FOUR: Nonviolence holds that suffering can educate and transform.
  • PRINCIPLE FIVE: Nonviolence chooses love instead of hate.
  • PRINCIPLE SIX: Nonviolence believes that the universe is on the side of justice.

Register to stand with us now. Click here.