What is the March for Racial Justice?
- The March for Racial Justice is a black and indigenous led multi-community movement united in our demands for racial equity and justice. We are calling for a reversal of laws, policies and practices that hasten inequality, dehumanize people of color and maintain white supremacy. We march because as long as U.S. laws, policies, and practices remain steeped in white supremacy, basic human rights and civil rights for all—our universal and constitutional rights—will never be fully realized. You can read more about our Mission here.
Who are the organizers and sponsors?
- The M4RJ was started by five co-founders and is led by a steering committee committed to racial equality and justice. Find the full list of co-founders and steering committee members here.
- M4RJ also has over 40 endorsing organizations.
When and where is the March?
- The March for Racial Justice in Washington, DC, begins in Lincoln Park. Marchers will begin gathering at 10 a.m. for a rally to get the day started. At 12:30 p.m. the March will begin. At around 2 pm, the march will end on the National Mall and a rally will be held at 7th Street. For more details, check out the Logistics page.
Where and how should I register?
- Yes! Please register if you’re planning to attend so organizers can plan accordingly! You can also sign up to volunteer and donate.
What should I bring?
Small backpacks and bags are allowed and you can fill them with water and snacks. You can also store bags at Union Station.
Layers (the weather in DC can be pretty unpredictable)
Sunscreen and a hat
Enough water to stay hydrated throughout the day.
Encourage friends and neighbors to join you as well!
What should I leave at home?
Any weapons or anything that can be construed as a weapon, including pocket knives, multi-tools, mace, scissors, etc.
Any illegal drugs (while marijuana is legal in DC, the march will be on federal property and national park land, where marijuana is still illegal)
What about banners, flags, signs, etc?
- It is totally fine and encouraged to bring your own banners, flags, signs, and other visuals. If your banner/flag/sign/etc is affixed to a pole, the pole must be no larger than 3⁄4 of an inch at their largest point, have dull ends and cannot in any way be construed as a weapon. There can be no protruding nails, screws, or bolt-type fasteners.
Will there be medical support at the March?
- Yes, First Aid tents will be set up at Lincoln Park and on the National Mall. Look for the signs! Medics will also be marching along with the group in case of any medical emergencies.
Will this march be permitted? What type of security can I expect?
- The march and rallies are permitted by the National Park Service and Metropolitan Police Department. Both National Park Police and MPD will cover their respective jurisdictions. Additionally, the march route will be staffed by marshals trained in de-escalation and bystander intervention techniques. Legal observers will also be present to hold law enforcement accountable and protect participant’s rights.
I’m with the media. Who should I contact in advance of the march?
- Please send all media requests and queries to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
How do I get to DC?
- Check this page out for great info about bus and other options!
Is there somewhere to stay in DC for marchers?
- We can’t provide housing for everyone, but advise trying Marchmatch and CouchSurfing to find places to stay in the DC metro area.
Are there sister marches near me?
- Yes! If you can’t make it to DC, you can find a sister march in your area.
How can I support the march even if I cannot attend?
- You can make a donation here to help fund the logistics of the march. If you can't donate, follow the march on Facebook and submit photos explaining why you support the cause with the hashtag #WhyIm4rj
Where can I learn more about white supremacy and the importance of this march?
- We are better empowered with knowledge. The march is designed to bring visibility and encourage dialogue and community. If you have a digital resource to share, we have a growing resource page here and you can add resources using this webform. You are also encourage to find allies and take your efforts back to your home community. Our work starts from the inside out.