A group of moms in South Charlotte and Matthews are joining forces to host a Black Lives Matter family march on June 21 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Melissa Haizlip-Smith, the core team organizer, said the focus of the march will be on social injustice and systemic racism , while bringing those who want change together in an atmosphere of acceptance and action.
“I think a lot of times people don’t really realize what’s happening around them because they have the privilege of not really having to pay attention to it,” Haizlip-Smith said. “So we just want to highlight some of those areas and some of those inequities so that we can get the message out and hopefully it will effect some change.”
Smith admitted that while there is a lot of work to be done, it starts with a process. A process that includes educating at all levels.
The family-oriented demonstration is intended to spark conversations within the community — specifically among parents.
“We want to empower the voices of the parents because a lot of them don’t know exactly what to say [to their children],” Smith said. “So it’s really just empowering to educate the parents for themselves and also educate them on how they can talk to their children. Who better to educate them than their parents?”
The march will start at Country Place Park (across from the Matthews United Methodist Church) and end at the Matthews Town Hall Plaza.
Organizers said parking is allowed in the church parking lot but congregating on the church’s property is prohibited.
All participants are asked to wear a face mask and plan to socially distance responsibly.
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