100 Black Men of West Texas to Hold a March Monday Night in Downtown Lubbock
The 100 Black Men of West Texas will be holding a march tonight (Monday, June 1st) in Lubbock to protest the recent actions of law enforcement across the U.S.
The march, which is being termed as a “Silent Solidarity Walk,” will be held with the support of Lubbock Mayor Dan Pope, District 2 City Councilwoman Sheila Patterson-Harris and Lubbock Police Chief Floyd Mitchell. On Facebook, the Lubbock Police Department notes, "Lubbock Police Chief Floyd Mitchell and members of our executive staff will be participating in the The 100 Black Men of West Texas solidarity walk with city and community leaders to condemn the actions of those involved in George Floyd’s murder. We encourage the public to come out and join us."
No word on if, or how, the Lubbock Police Department will close streets in Downtown Lubbock for the march.
Here is the group's full statement:
This is a statement in regards to the most recent events that has savaged our nation. As we all know we are at a defining moment in our country. The African American community is outraged with the murders of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor , George Floyd and many others at the hands of white cops or white men with vigilant justice. We are a very resilient people but we have reached a point were enough is enough and something has to be done within our justice system and we have to start right here in our own city. Additionally, to show local support for the national statement, the Civic & Community Engagement Committee of the 100 BMWT has spearheaded a Silent Solidarity Walk with the Mayor's office, Police Chief Mitchell, Councilwoman Patterson-Harris, and other community organizations, tonight at 8pm. We will walk on the sidewalks, from the Police department office at 916 Texas, to the new Citizen's Tower at 1204 14th Street (see attached image). Once there, the names of victims that have lost their lives to police brutality will be read and a moment of silence offered for each.I thank you in advance for your continued commitment to the Lubbock Community......
The 100 Black Men of West Texas is a "a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization and a chapter of the 100 Black Men Of America."