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Peace March or Pep Rally?

Two young women took it upon themselves to share with the community of Pasadena and community neighbors their concerns about the recent wave of police brutality, death and criminalization of Black Men.

The sparsely crowd of 75-100 people of all colors and ages danced to the beat of the drums, while others held up signs sending out their protest message [with] Michael Brown [as] the central theme. Others sat in lawn chairs watching the event unfold.

Pasadena police Chief Sanchez walked around the park doing PR, local reporters were in a search of a story. The crowd left Central park in a very orderly manner as they headed toward Pasadena City Hall.

Various speakers spoke on the steps of the very ornate City Hall, the central theme of Michael Brown will not be the last black man to be a victim of [an] alleged racist cop. As night descended City Hall was illuminated with bright white lights. The figures on the building appeared to stare down on the crowd below in a cold stone stare.

One speaker stunned the crowd with his words, "THIS IS JUST A PEP RALLY Like before the big game". An eerie silence was felt. The speaker went on to say that we must learn to do more after the press and TV coverage fade away.

Behind the crowd in a distance less than 75 yards in a grassy knoll were the enormous heads of Jackie and Mack Robinson, two early Pasadena pioneers who fought for equality in Pasadena. [They stood] in a distance, in the dark of the night, symbolic of how the black man is treated in the dark and out of sight, invisible.


Ralph Walker
Monrovia, CA



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