Hood College, in close collaboration with numerous Frederick community partners, is organizing a March on Frederick, which will be held Sept. 26 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The march, a tribute to the historic 1963 March on Washington, will bring together students, faculty, staff, community members and visitors to reflect on the civil rights progress made within the Frederick community in the last 50 years.
The march will begin at Harry Grove Stadium at 9:30 a.m. Participants will walk past many of the sites related to Frederick’s African American history and conclude at the College’s Alumnae Hall, where local, state and national civil rights activists, including former NAACP leader Julian Bond, will address the crowd.
As part of the annual ay to serve initiative, volunteers will be collecting nonperishable food items to support local food banks.
Participants are encouraged to register for the march at civil-rights.hood.edu/register.
Hood’s yearlong celebration of the 50th anniversary of the passing of the Civil Rights Act has been marked by lectures, performances and films. Renowned authors, attorneys and activists such as Will Haygood, Shirley Sherrod, Fred Gray, Rep. Elijah Cummings and Ysaye Barnwell, who have celebrated the African American culture and devoted their careers to advocating for social justice and racial equality, came to campus to meet with students and give public talks. A four-part film series, featuring documentaries that focus on the struggles African Americans have faced long after the Emancipation Proclamation was issued, is also part of this initiative.