Richmond artist and advocate Garice Tate has launched an online fundraiser to send young men in Richmond to the Million Man March in Washington D.C. on Oct. 10.
The trip aims to provide young people an educational opportunity and chance to leave the state, according to Rodney Alamo Brown, a community advocate and spokesperson for the project. Additionally, the trip will bring together young men from different parts of Richmond — even neighborhoods known to feud with one another — as a way to “spend time learning and understanding each other.”
“Many of our brothers have been at odds with each other for decades for reasons unknown,” Brown said. “This experience will give them the unique opportunity to bridge the gap in a more diplomatic fashion.”
Donations of any amount are requested to offset the cost of travel, hotel, transportation and miscellaneous expenditures. To donate, visit this gofundme.com page.
“Many businesses and community leaders are on board as well as hundreds of individuals,” Brown said. “Our community is clearly excited and eager to see this project succeed.”
The Million Man March was a massive gathering of African-Americans in D.C. on Oct. 16, 1995, that was called for by Louis Farrakhan and held at the National Mall. Now held annually, it is intended, in part, to unite African Americans and to decry social and economic injustices in the U.S.