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Photojournalist's Blog: Black Woman's march in Kalamazoo

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Before the march kicked off at 6 p.m. Monday, August 3, 2020, at Dr. Martin Luther King Memorial Park in Kalamazoo. (WWMT/Jason Heeres)

8:00 p.m. - Event concludes, while a slight rain begins to fall.

While those still around were having conversations and enjoying the food, a man came up with an apparent head injury.

Several of those were busy preparing food, jumped to action to help bandage the gentleman up and calm him down.

7:15 p.m. - Organizers begin speaking portion of event.

Speakers included, Elisheva Johnson, Kama Mitchell, Kim Woods, Iesha Williams and Stephanie Moore, who is running for District 60 in the Aug. 4, 2020, primary.

6:45 p.m. - Music and Dance lead by Rootead begins the event

Several others joined in on the dancing as well.


6:30 p.m. - The weather is just right

Looking at the WWMT Weather app, the skies looked clear, and rain did not appear to be a threat.

6:00 p.m. - Event starts to begin, with several families coming to listen.

One of the organizers said seeing people come for the food is one of her favorite parts of these events.

5:30 p.m. - I arrive at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial park as set up was underway.

I interviewed Maya James who put this event together.

4:15 p.m. - Get out the Vote march held day before the Michigan primary election

A West Michigan organization would be holding a Get out the Vote march for Black women event.

The march was kicking off at 6 p.m. Monday, August 3, 2020, at Dr. Martin Luther King Memorial Park in Kalamazoo.

Those with Promise Advocacy for Children and Community Transformation, or PACCT, Kalamazoo hosted the event and also streamed it on the groups Facebook page.

According to organizers, the goal of the march would to hold men accountable by protecting the Black women in the community.

Several speakers were planned as well as a live performance by Rootead dancers and drummers.

Food and water would be available, but the group was also asking for donations of bottled water and fresh produce.

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