Posted on March 30, 2015

Thousands to March in Detroit for Racial, Economic Justice

Niraj Warikoo, Detroit Free Press, March 28, 2015

Thousands are expected to march Saturday demanding racial justice in Detroit in a rally organized by more than 100 local churches.

Called the March for Justice, the walk is part of a broader effort to highlight what organizers say is the growing marginalization of African Americans in Detroit. While the city’s residential population is 84% African-American, the community is being ignored in recent development efforts, said members of the planned march.

“With the gentrification of Detroit . . . African Americans do feel shut out,” said Tracey Sanders, an organizer who’s a member of of New St. Mark Church in Detroit. “We just want to have a seat at the table.”

The march and later actions planned–such as voter registration–are to help “eliminate racially-motivated injustice and promote economic parity,” Sanders said. About 3,000 to 5,000 are expected to take part in the march, said organizers.


The Rev. Louis Forsythe II, pastor of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Detroit, plans to attend the march.

“We want to be able to speak truth to power,” Forsythe said.