A Silent Chain of Unity

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“I’m doing this because I’m the parent of two black children,” said a current mother and alumna at the Sidwell Friends peaceful protest on June 8. “I worry about them and their future and safety. Also it’s important for us to be out here as a community to show them that we have to put actions behind our words.”  After the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arberry, more than 1,100 faculty, staff, students, parents, alumni and friends expressed anger, grief, unity, and a need for social justice in the form of a silent protest—or not so silent given the boisterous honking of support by passing cars. Our community carried signs, kept 20 feet apart for social distancing, and created a human chain to promote awareness of systemic racism and the work of the Black Lives Matter movement. It was supposed to extend from the Wisconsin Avenue campus to the Naval Observatory on Massachusetts Avenue. It ended up reaching all the way to R Street and Massachusetts, three miles long.

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