(Washington, D.C.) – On September 23rd, 2017 thousands will unite together against hate, violence, racism and injustice at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. for the March for Civility. Ken Nwadike, Jr. of the Free Hugs Project and his organization RestoreCivility.org, are leading up this March in Washington. Following in the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr who said, “Those who love peace must learn to organize as effectively as those who love war.” Nwadike says, “We must show that there are more of us that choose love and equality than those that choose hate and division.”
Ken Nwadike, Jr. has become an internet sensation but also, so much more. Since handing out free hugs a few years ago at the Boston Marathon in the year following the terrible bombing tragedy, he’s become one of the nation’s leading Inspirational Speakers and Peace Activists. He has been showing up at protests around the country to help maintain peace on the front lines and mediate tensions between parties.
Most recently, Nwadike was at the protests in Charlottesville, Virginia, nearly being hit by the tragic attack that took the life of Heather Heyer.
“Peaceful demonstrators should not have to fear for their lives while taking a stand against hate and injustice,” says Nwadike, “After experiencing what I saw, I am more motivated to keep trying to make a difference. We are the people to create the change that we all hope for.”
About the March : On September 23, 2017, during World Peace Weekend, Nwadike alongside a team of business leaders, activists, and celebrities, will lead the March for Civility in Washington, D.C. The nonpartisan march and civility rally will take place at the footsteps of Lincoln Memorial, where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave his “I Have A Dream” speech. The event aims to bring people of all backgrounds together in support of civility love, unity, and equality. The key principles of civility being:
Listening to understand – engaging in conversation
Humanity – seeing the other person as an individual
Peace – mediating differences with an open and welcoming mind
Date: September 23rd, 2017 – World Peace Weekend
Time: 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. – Schedule coming soon.
Route: Lincoln Memorial to 23rd St NW, to Constitution Ave NW, to 17th St NW, to Indepence Ave SW, to 23rd St SW.
Rally: The Civility Rally will include inspiring messages from public figures that are known nationally for their good works and bringing people together.
“I won’t stand until everybody has freedom you know, things that America is built on. I think protests to the national anthem begins the conversation about the truth of America,” says Bennett. “The freedom of America, the equality of America, the, ‘justice for all’ and the liberty, those are the things I’m trying to remind people that we’re all fought for, our forefathers built on,” Bennett encourages Americans across the country to move into action, “I hope I can activate everybody to get off their hands and feet and go out into the communities and push helping each other, push you know sit down with somebody of the opposite sex, sit down with somebody that’s the opposite race, different religion and understand that people are different. Join your community and try to change your society, change what you’re a part of. If you don’t like it, keep changing it.”
Additional participants of the March showing up for civility include, Blues musician and activist, Daryl Davis. Featured in the documentary, Accidental Courtesy, Davis has persuaded many members of the Ku Klux Klan to defect from the organization. YoNasDa Lonewolf, human rights activist, author and rap artist, Bobby Seale, political activist and co-founder of the Black Panther Party, Elisa Parker, activist for women and girls and co-founder of See Jane Do, Dwayne Clark, CEO of Aegis Living, Restore Civility Chairman, activist and entrepreneur and police officer Tommy Norman of North Little Rock. Officer Norman has received national attention for his community policing methods, building community through kindness. Additional speakers will be announced shortly.
“With such polarizing content being shared daily in the news and via social media, the nation is becoming more divided as people feel the need to choose sides. The work that we are doing with the Restore Civility campaign and the upcoming march, is intended to promote civil discourse to find solutions for many of the social issues that are affecting society today,”says Nwadike.
A Bit More About Ken: Ken has reached hundreds of millions of people online as he was included in major news headlines for his peace-keeping efforts and de-escalating violence during protests, riots, and political rallies. He was also featured in Google’s 2016 Year in Search highlight video and has made many appearances on news programs worldwide, including CNN, USA Today, Good Morning Britain, and BBC News.
The mission of the Restore Civility campaign is to engage citizens in learning opportunities to develop communities that navigate social justice issues with respect, empathy, and positive dialogue.