Black Women United held the first Black women’s march in Sacramento on July 15. About 2,000 participants marched from Crocker Park to the State Capitol. Hosted by the newly formed nonprofit Black Women United, supporters of the march included California Endowment Activism Articulated.
“I came here to support Black women and to uplift the legacy of our ancestors,” said Jacqueline Lawrence, who came from Santa Rosa to join the march. .
“We just wanted to celebrate Black women from all walks of life. Part of Black Women United is we are a sisterhood that is about breaking the barriers and divides that keep us separated as Black women,” said Black Women United host Vocheri Thomas.
Speakers included Kimberly Ellis, former candidate for CA Democratic Party Chair who was defeated in a close race in May. Ellis had harsh words for Black men in politics who did not give her a chance to earn their support but also touched on the power of women coming together.
Elaine Brown, a former leader of the Black Panther Party, told the crowd she stood with this new leadership exemplified by Black Women United.
“I want to make sure my daughter grows up in a society knowing that she is beautiful and strong and capable and to be unapologetically Black,” said marcher Alyssa McDonald.
Article courtesy of California Black Media.