We call on all Members of Athens for Everyone and of the Athens-Clarke County community, to unite together and let it be known that prejudice and racism has no place in Athens, GA!
Where: UGA Arch (Broad St & College Ave), concludes with rally at City Hall
When: Monday, January 18th – congregate at 3:30pm; march starts at 4pm
Who: All ages, races, religions, etc. This will be a peaceful, family friendly action.
Bring: Signs (materials will be on hand for those who show up early), wear warm, comfortable clothes & shoes
United Group Artist, Athens for Everyone, Clarke Area NAACP Unit 5180, local music artist, residents of Clarke County and students from University of Georgia will march on MLK Day Monday, January 18th starting at 4 pm.
Protesters are demanding an end to “Discrimination in Downtown Athens,” and participants will rally to show support for the ordinance being proposed by Commissioners Mike Hamby, Kelly Girtz and Andy Herod as a result of “reports of discrimination” against African-American students and locals that may have occurred at various business establishments in downtown Athens. ACC District 3 Commissioner, Melissa Link states “This is exactly the kind of public action I was hoping would happen to draw real attention to the issue of rampant discrimination downtown.”
Demonstrators will take to the streets on the Martin Luther King Day Holiday, Monday January 18th, starting at 3:30 pm at UGA Arch. Then the march will depart promptly at 4 pm, travel down Broad Street to Thomas Street, then down Clayton Street where many of the instances occurred such as “General Beauregard’s famous “N*****ita” drink that came to light. Stop at Pulaski, then back up Clayton to College Ave. ending at Athens City Hall 301 College Ave, at 5pm where a concluding rally will take place. Participants are requested to bring positive handheld signs that relate to the rally theme.
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