March on Frederick celebrates civil rights progress, recognizes current struggles

By Logan Samuels

Hood College students joined members of the Frederick community to re-create the March on Washington locally on Friday.

It has been fifty years since the Civil Rights Act was passed. In order to celebrate, Dean Olivia White began the long task of making her own version of the march that would incorporate both students here and the Frederick community.

On Sept. 26, students slowly trickled into the parking lot of Harry Grove Stadium to grab their pins and choose their signs to march with. Cars and buses dropped off dozens upon dozens of people until there was nothing but a sea of t-shirts, jackets, signs and banners commemorating the Civil Rights Act.

Hood students and Frederick citizens were all buzzing with excitement as they waited for the march to officially start. Ilana Adler, a senior here at Hood and one of the hard workers who helped prepare for the march, shared that around 1,300 people were registered including high schools, Frederick Community College and several clubs, fraternities and sororities.

Hood College had a variety of different representatives from its many sports, clubs and activities.

Ray Rivera, the student life chair of the Student Government Association and the president of La Comunidad said, “It’s important to march because the reenactment brings awareness to modern civil rights issues.”

“It connects Hood with the community and builds support,” said Kielee Jennings, a soccer player and member of Sisters Aspiring to Success.

Finally, at 9:30 a.m., a hush fell over the now enormous crowd and several speakers took the podium and spoke inspirational words to raise everyone’s spirit and get them excited for the march. Signs and banners at the ready, the crowd began to march forward following behind a large banner that pledged to uphold the civil rights of other Hood students held by SGA President Tim Hulyk and the president of the Queer Student Union, Justin Fox.

The march would continue through several locations in downtown Frederick before finishing up in front of Alumnae Hall to hear the keynote speaker, Julian Bond.

Something very unique to the Frederick march was the mobile application, Monumental, that was created by Dr. David Gurzick, Ashley Birdsell ’12, and Meg DePanise ’14. Dr. Gurzick explained, “The website gets information about your current location and then…allow[s] users to learn about them and add their own ideas for how the themes…are important to the values and challenges of the community today.”

Monumental, the mobile application, brought marchers a very modern perspective while they tried to re-create the past. The application included information about places that would be passed on the march like Baker Park, The Free Colored Library and the Asbury United Methodist Church.

The march exited out of Harry Grove Stadium and continued through the local cemetery, Mt. Olivet, before making its way into the open streets of Frederick. Cars stopped to watch and people on the sides of the street cheered and sang along with the marchers.

One stop on the march was at Lincoln Elementary School. The elementary school opened in 1923 as a high school for black students.

Marchers were in for a treat at the school, as members of the school stood outside waiting for the march to stop by and began singing “We Shall Not Be Moved.” Marchers and observers hummed and sung along to the words: “Like a tree that’s standing by the water, we shall not be moved. We will stand and fight together.”

The rest of the march traveled through streets like South Bentz and West Patrick, and finished along Rosemont Avenue at Hood College. Marchers filtered into the street in front of Alumnae hall creating a crowd very reminiscent of the one that stood in front of Martin Luther King Jr. to hear his famous “I have a dream” speech.

Timon Shelenker, a sophomore and member of the Campus Activities Board, reflected on the march and said, “I learned part of the struggle that people went through, but I enjoyed walking with my friends.”

Teresa Bean, a Hood professor, had brought students from the Criminal Justice program at the Career Tech Center to the march. Lizzie Wilson, a high school junior and member of this program said, “It was great to see support from both past marchers and present people.”

The program began with a flag procession and the singing of the national anthem. Then, Rev. O’Malley spoke and thanked everyone for participating with their “feet that have made a significant difference.”

Dean White welcomed everyone and said, “None of this could be possible without the hands, hearts and minds of many individuals.” She also led the crowd in applause for celebrating Camie Bell, who at 98, had participated in the original march and marched again at this event.

President Ronald Volpe welcomed everyone to “the Hood” and said, “Excuse me if I’m beaming with pride today, but I’m very proud.” He went on to praise Dean White, Hood College and the Frederick community for the event.

There were several musical performances that included the Hood College Choir singing “Fare ye well” and the Frederick High School Choir singing “Deliver Daniel.”

Several senators and representatives shared their thoughts on the march and seemed to agree on the common theme that this march was successful, but that there is still much work to be done regarding civil rights. John Melaney said, “Marching is a prayer, a prayer for a sharp eye to find injustice and to find will and determination.”

Hood College received an official recognition through a governor citation and a senate resolution that recognized President Ronald Volpe.

Keynote speaker, Julian Bond was introduced by Curtis Stubbs, the president of the Black Student Union. Bond founded and served on the committee of appeal for human rights, served in the house and the senate and was the chairman of the NAACP.

Bond said: “Rosa Parks stood up for Civil Rights by sitting down. Sit ins, the Freedom ride…we joined in all events that had deep roots. The nameless and the faceless, we celebrate them…the tired feet.”

Julian Bond walked the crowd through the events leading up to the passing of the civil rights act and reminded everyone of the words of John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King. The First Missionary Men’s Choir summed up his speech by singing, “we’ve come a long way lord, a mighty long way.”

Dr. Hoda Zaki said: “We came together to march for another march…to complete an unfinished agenda. Much remains to be done and must be done collectively. Today’s momentum must carry forward. It must not be lost. There is much to do.”

The crowd finished the program by pledging to uphold civil rights and to take care of each other. Dr. Keith Harris provided the closing prayer and said: “Today is not just a moment in time. It’s a continuation of a movement. We can continue this movement by reaching out and touching someone else.”

After an eventful and memorable morning, the chairs were packed up and the stage was taken down. Events continued through the weekend like a mural dedication and panels on modern civil rights.

Dr. Gurzick said: “Kudos needs to go to all those who participated in the march and the following presentation on campus. I was inspired by the degree of involvement by the students. Opportunities exist in ensuring equal rights…I listened to students on the march…[and recognized] a broader set of injustices they were ready to tackle.”

There has been much progress in the last fifty years, but this march and all the speakers reminded everyone that there is still a lot to be done.

Students on Hood’s 11th president

By Meg DePanise

Two representatives from R.H. Perry met with interested Hood students last week to gather input for the search for Hood’s 11th president.

On Sept. 17 and Sept. 18 Matt Kilcoyne and Jean Scott, the R.H. Perry representatives who are leading the presidential search process, talked with students about what attributes they think are most important for the next president.

In an email sent on Sept. 10 to all undergraduate and graduate students, administration provided details about the search for Hood’s next president who will succeed President Ronald J. Volpe. In May, President Volpe announced that he would retire after this summer’s Convocation to close his 14th year at Hood.

The process began with the selection of the executive search firm, R.H. Perry & Associates, along with a 13-member committee encompassing four college trustees, two faculty members, a staff member, an alumna and a current student. Three of the four trustees on the search committee are also alumnae of the college.

In the past weeks, students, faculty, staff, alumni, and donors have met with the R.H. Perry team and the members of the Presidential Search Committee. Everyone’s contributions will go into creating a profile for Hood’s next president.

About seven students attended the Sept. 17 afternoon meeting in the Whitaker Campus Commons. Many students identified some weaknesses of Hood as failing to engage the graduate, international, and commuter student’s in campus activities and the career center’s reputation for ineffectiveness.

Students said that they appreciate the closeness with their professors and President Volpe but they can’t say the same about their relationship with the financial aid, registrar, and career center faculty. “He’s driving around in his golf cart, you see him everywhere, he’ll eat dinner with you; that’s really nice and our faculty is the same way,” sophomore Logan Samuels said. She continued: “Everyone’s like don’t go to the career center, use Google to find your internship and don’t rely on these people which is horrible…I would definitely want them to have a better reputation if that’s something we could focus on.”

All of the students that attended Thursday’s meeting expressed how much they value President Volpe’s strong presence on campus. “An important thing about being president is being personable and being able to connect with your students,” communications and English student Kassy Stout said. “That’s what I hope carries on to the next president; that they’re very open and they’re fun to hang out with if you see them on campus.”

Ryan DiGirmolamo agreed: “I think it’s very important for people that are here and people who are considering Hood to realize how accessible our president actually is. The fact that he lives on campus is something that’s really important; I’m a tour guide so I always mention that and the parents are always really impressed and the students also.”

Students expressed concerns about the large number of faculty that left Hood over the summer. “Our provost changed a lot of things and then left last year, our head of athletics left, and now we have a rent-a-provost so it’s kind of scary to see all the change happening at once and it would definitely be good to have some consistency,” Samuels said.

Students agreed that Hood’s 11th president must be visible and accessible on campus. Many also said they want more transparency regarding where donated funds are going on campus, they want to know they have a say in the decisions that affect them at the college, and they want to understand what exactly the president’s role is.

“With regards to the decision making process of the new president, our four pillars of Hood are hope, obligation, opportunity, democracy, and I think the democracy part is really important and it’s sometimes overlooked in decision making,” junior Eric Stone said. “Obviously I know that the student body isn’t going to overrule the president but I think it’s really important to take into account how people feel about certain issues and not just kind of override that based on what’s best at the time.”

Students like Stone said that last year’s decision on the schedule changes made him feel like the average Hood student has no say. “I feel like that unless you are in the campus activities board or the student government association you have no voice whatsoever here regardless of if there’s a meeting and you voice your opinion,” he said.

Senior Sam Lopez said that many students don’t have a clear understanding of the president’s job. “A lot of the students here that I talk to feel that President Volpe is just a figure head and he doesn’t really do anything and most of us know that that’s not true but it’s sort of like this nebulous gray area.”

As for advice for Hood’s new president, “He’s got a tough act to follow,” Lopez said. “President Volpe, for the four years I’ve been here has been an incredible president.” Lopez continued: “He along with the board of trustees saved the college from bankruptcy about a decade ago and opened the campus to men which is why I’m able to be here. He’s just a really great all around committed person on campus and he really cares for the students so the new president is going to have to be able to do those things as well. It’s also important that the new president has a vision for the college because President Volpe has tried to keep us moving forward not just as a campus community but also with Frederick.”

The committee had its first meeting with R.H Perry representatives on Sept. 17 to define the search process and develop a timetable. According to the committee, the new president will be selected in approximately six months and the search is broken up into five phases.

The email labeled the phases as follows: develop an executive profile and advertise the position; develop and execute a national recruitment strategy; identify, select and interview candidates and select a finalist; check the finalist’s credentials and background; and finalize the appointment.

As listed in the email, the presidential committee members are: trustee co-chairs Jim Reinsch and Amy Chan; Judy Messina ’66; Martha Shimano ’86; Hamp Tisdale; Sue Whaley ’74; Ted Luck, director of student success and outreach; Chuck Mann, vice president for finance and administration; Maria Green Cowles, Ph.D., dean of the graduate school; alumna Julie Murray McCaffery ’79; Sang Kim, Ph.D., associate professor of economics and management and chair of the department of economics and business administration; Wayne Wold, DMA, associate professor of music and chair of the department of music; and senior Tim Hulyk, student government association president.

To read more about the presidential search, nominate a candidate or send a comment on what you think the Hood’s next president needs go to www.hood.edu/About-Hood/Presidential-Search/Presidential-Search-Landing.html.

Returning to the field from a long recovery

By Melissa Canulli

Ask any athlete what the one thing is that they fear most; an injury, or any kind. A majority of student athletes, at one point in their college career, are sidelined due to some form of an injury.

There is one Blazer athlete in particular, that was hit with a painful recovery to get to where she is today. To put things in perspective there are about 300,000 anterior cruciate ligament (otherwise known as your ACL) tears a year, 98 percent of athletes facing that injury will return to his or her sport.

Women’s field hockey player, Alysa Billeter, gave us her side of how she has returned to the field for the Blazers; she says that tearing her ACL was one of the most painful injuries she was ever faced with.

Alysa believes that the training staff here at Hood got her to where she is today, and that they deserve most of the credit. Alysa said, “The trainers here would work with me day in and day out before and after my surgery to make my recovery as smooth as possible.” Without that desire to work day in and out, she would still be sitting on the sideline for another two months.

Any injury will have also have a mental and physical effect on an athlete. Alysa said that she did have her doubts about whether her knee would be able to hold up long enough to play during this season. Many athletes with an ACL replacement are picked out of a crowd easily by the large hinged knee brace they are fitted with. She is still getting used to her brace although she only has to wear it for the first year.

“Without the huge support from her teammates and coaches she would not be mentality where she is today,” said Alysa.

Alysa did express some advice that she would like to give to the freshman athletes when it comes to dealing with injuries. Every athlete knows their body best and you have to know your own limits, but also listen to the training staff. She said if something starts hurting or bothering you, go to the training room, and get the treatment you need. The training staff at Hood is here to help you prevent any major injuries from happening, and not to mention take care of any pain you may be having.

Alysa summed it all up perfectly saying, “We never want to be taken out of the sport we love to play, but there comes a time where if you do not stop to take care of an injury the end result could be a lot worse.”

 

Frederick’s In the Street festival a success

By Jiselle Lopez,

Music booms within the center of downtown. People are scattered everywhere, already feeling immersed by the culture Frederick has to offer. Kids are weaving in and out of the crowds with their paint-covered faces. Hood students walk along Market Street eating pretzels and sitting with friends. People are line dancing at intersections to Salsa music.

Frederick’s annual “In The Street” festival was an inviting atmosphere on Saturday, September 13, that attracted all kinds of people.

“I think that sometimes students don’t really take advantage of downtown and [the festival] is something that forces people to recognize it,” said senior Josh Kling.

Children, parents, students, businesses, organizations; everyone in the community was welcomed. Walking through Market Street, it is impossible to ignore the many organizations and businesses connecting with their local and loyal customers who walked up to their tables.

This year’s In the Street festival consisted of three main events making for an all-day celebration for everyone in the Frederick Community.

“Since I went to High School here in Frederick, it’s a traditional thing and it’s really fun” said senior Raymond Rivera, “It [allows] students to see that Hood has a great and active community.”

Starting at 8:45 a.m. on Market Street was the “Market Street Mile,” where members of the community were encouraged to register and run along Market Street.

At 11 a.m. the In the Street portion begins where Market Street is divided into blocks based on different events and activities. Participants were able to attend the following blocks from the intersection of 7th street on; The Wedding event block, Public Safety block, Kids block, Going Green block, Health & Fitness block, History block, Art block and Sports block. Each block was labeled with purple, orange, blue, green, yellow or red flags to specify what events where happening within each block.

“[In the Street] shows the Frederick community to the students that aren’t from around this area,” said senior Tom Marino.

This year Market Street’s intersection areas were filled with overflowing crowds to hear the enormous set list of performers throughout the day. Musical performances started as early as 11 a.m. and ended as late as 9 p.m. The entertainment then continued to Carroll Creek Amphitheater for this year’s “Up the Creek Party,” once the In the Street portion was over. For just 5 dollars anyone 21 or older was able to attend performances by Right Foot Red and Jah Works courtesy of KEY103 and Flying Dog Brewery.

Frederick’s In the Street has been around for over 25 years and never fails to excite local members of its community.

“Kids and student’s like to go stand to stand and enjoy the food,” said Rivera after talking to a local family about the fair.

Renee Green and her family come to In the Street every year. It has been passed on and shared through generations of her family. Every year she comes prepared with jackets and takes her kids to the face-painting table before leaving. On Saturday she and her family had been there from about 10:30 a.m. to at least 3:30 p.m.

The celebration offers people opportunities to delve into a variety of groups spreading the word about their beliefs. Hood Junior, Erin Murray looks forward to the diversity of Frederick’s In the Street celebration.

“It’s so close that everyone can come and do something safe and fun,” said Murray.

One organization willing to wave their colors high was The Frederick Center, whose catchphrase is “For diversity in a changing world.” Two people sat at their table at all times, with volunteers working two-hour shifts throughout the day.

“We’re trying to get recognition in the Frederick community, [we’ve been] picking up information in terms of how to add services to our website,” the volunteers said.

The organization’s mission is to “support and educate people on the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) community and its allies.” They were able to register their table and spread the word as people walked by on Market Street.

Overall the fear of rain did not deter the Frederick community from coming out and enjoying the cultural emersion of downtown. People of all ages were in attendance, walking around with both family and friends. It is safe to say, rain or shine, the 2014 annual celebration for Frederick In the Street has been a success.

 

 

 

Shopping the Fall fashion trends in downtown Frederick

By Heidi Marino

As the leaves fall, the fashion style changes. To keep up with the season’s trends, citizens say that Downtown Frederick is a great place to shop for clothes, shoes and accessories.

“Downtown Frederick is a great place to shop not only because it’s beautiful to walk around in, but because the vast majority of shops are locally owned, small businesses,” says Amelia Weinberg, who works at Sky’s the Limit boutique. “By shopping downtown one is supporting the community and buying items that are more unique than what you can buy at – let’s say, the FSK mall or Target.”‘

What makes shopping downtown even more enticing, she says, is that the people of Frederick are fashionable.

Weinberg says she’s witnessed a trend of crop tops as the weather heats up.
“I like to see people with more personal style rather than following the latest trends,” Weinberg says. “I think downtown is a mixture between both those.”

Sarah Didion, employee at Chic to Chic in Downtown Frederick and student at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York says that a big part of her wardrobe comes from the shops in downtown. Most of her clothes are from Chic to Chic.

“I love shopping in Downtown Frederick because you never know what you’re going to find,” Didion says. “I love being able to come home (from NYC) and have such a unique place to shop, not having to worry about having the same thing as my peers.”

Janel Mayo, a clothing consultant at Chic to Chic, says that after working in Downtown Frederick for close to four years she’s confident that the area is a great place for retail shopping.

“The downtown area has really grown and shaped into a hip and trendy place for people of all ages and interests to hang out, shop and dine,” Mayo says. “I believe that the hard work of the locals who own the stores, as well as the efforts by the Downtown Frederick Partnership have turned this area into a really great place.”

Mayo also said that the influences of bigger cities such as Washington, DC., and Baltimore allow Frederick to combine a variety of fashion styles and trends.

Laura Arias lived in Frederick most of her life, but recently moved to Germantown so her fiancé could be closer to his workplace. Although she doesn’t live in Frederick anymore she says she makes it a point to shop in downtown as much as she can.

Arias says that her favorite shop is the Velvet Lounge. Their edgy, trendy and high quality clothing is something she looks for when purchasing clothing.

“In Germantown there is no independently owned shops within a 15 minute radius of my apartment,” Arias says. “If I want to shop and not look like a robot off the production line, I take a trip into Frederick. It’s worth it.”

Brittany Diehl, the promotion and social media manager at Downtown Frederick Partnership had nothing but positive things to say about the retail stores in downtown. She also says that there are 150 retail stores and around 50 restaurants/food-retailers in the downtown area, and it’s part of the Downtown Frederick Partnership’s mission to work with as many as possible.

“Downtown Frederick retailers are increasingly becoming more and more successful,” Diehl says. “As of recently, our retailers have been featured in national publications such as the Washington Post, Washington Magazine, The New York Times and Southern Living Magazine.”

Diehl says that downtown’s unique and individual style has helped name Downtown Frederick as a great shopping destination, and within the last six months it’s become home to nearly 20 new businesses, most of which are retail.

“This number continues to grow rapidly,” Diehl says.

Hand gives talk about smart social networking

By Mary Milligan

A lecture regarding social networking was held on September 4, to educate students on the importance of being responsible online.

Gail Hand, a published author with two books focusing on the importance of smart social networking, lectured the importance of maintaining a good online image. The event was held in Whitaker at 7 p.m. and 8:20 p.m. on Thursday, September 4.

She focused on what is and what is not appropriate to be put online via social networks such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and she briefly discussed LinkedIn with the audience. Gail emphasized to think before you post and the consequences of what you are posting. She pointed out that if there is a picture of you on Facebook; it is most likely on Google as well. If you do not want something to be on Google, do not put it on Facebook. Many employers search a name during the hiring process, so if there is something you do not want them to see on your Facebook it could still be showing up on Google.

She expressed the importance of knowing who has your back when it comes to posting pictures. She said “You are your own media director,” meaning that you have the power of what is posted about you online. Her explanation of this went into asking your friends to take down inappropriate pictures that they posted of you, but most importantly try and remember where you are and who you are with because you never know where a photo will turn up and who will see it. Again, any employer could see this if it is posted on any form of social media.

She advised everyone to regularly search their name on Google to not only make sure that you do not have anything that makes you look bad, but to also ensure that no one else with the same name makes you look bad. If this happens there are a variety of measures she suggests you take, including contacting Google to ask for them to be removed. If there are pictures on the internet that may look bad to employers or anyone else for that matter it can really affect your

future. Gail really pointed out the consequences of what could happen if you use social media inappropriately.

Flashmob at Frederick In the Streets

By Logan Samuels, News Editor

Frederick In the Streets goers were in for a big surprise when our very own Hood students suddenly broke out in a flashmob.

Flashmobs have been in style for the past few years and are always popping up when least expected. Pre-choreographed dances are practiced by a group of people and are taken out to public places and events in the middle of routine errands and schedules.

Students from all over campus invested eleven hours of practice time to learn a flashmob routine to MKTO’s “Classic.”

Gabriela Enriquez, the new Hood College Student Musical Theatre director, took on her first venture by directing the flashmob. When asked how she chose the song, Enriquez explained that she “wanted a song that was upbeat, fun, and over all, classic.” She found the song fitting since the dance was staged in the bridal area of the event.

Enriquez explained, “everyone loved the song when it came out…it’s all about a guy who falls in love with a girl who is classic.” What is more classic than a beautiful wedding?

When watching the dance, Gabriela wanted people to “go back in time and relive those classic moments.” Over twenty students participated, and they definitely brought excitement to the crowd and made people talk.

Enriquez is really excited for the upcoming events for musical theatre and for being a first time director. She already has a flash mob routine under her belt and she is ready for “more experience” since she’s been brushing up and “studying all summer”.

Gabriela Enriquez is very invested in Hood’s musical theatre program and aims to get students and the community more involved this year. Enriquez is “really concentrating on the show coming up” and making sure it’s available for even more people to enjoy it than years previous.

There are plenty more events under HCSMT’s wing, but this flashmob experience has definitely become a memory that is truly classic.

Athlete of the Issue: Alexis Briscoe

By Melissa Canulli

Hood College’s women’s field hockey team’s has had a great start to the season; one player in particular has been an unanswered problem for teams to control.

Alexis “Lexi” Briscoe, a junior from Columbia, Md, graduated from Long Reach High School. After graduating, she never thought she would step back onto a hockey field ever again.

She was originally only recruited to play women’s basketball for the Blazers. Lexi has been a member of numerous teams, where she played for the softball team her freshman year. In the winter, it will be her third season playing for the women’s basketball team.

Although it is only Lexi’s second season as a member on the field hockey team, she is already in the record books.

Lexi is the leading scorer with a total of 6 goals this year, along with 2 assist, and she also has 1 hat trick. She has also been recognized as the Hood College’s athlete of the week for not only the week of Sept. 2 but also Sept. 7.

Lexi has a couple of her own that keeps her going on that field every time she plays. You will be able to pick her out on the field, due to the blue and silver bow that has pink ends on it. You may not be able to see it but she also rocks a Hello Kitty sticker on her stick.

Off of the field she is majoring in Elementary & Special Education. A side of being a member of two sport teams she finds time to be a member of SPURS.

Lexi may be caught with a couple of her teammates saying “there’s nothing like beauty in the CVS parking lot.”

Ask Mother

Q#1:Dear mother, I really miss my family, however, this fall break I was asked to stay with my boyfriend whom I met at orientation –what should I do?

College is for new experiences, choose whatever makes you happier. But keep in mind that you must be completely honest with your family. -Mother

Q#2: Hey mother, I have known my roommate for a whole month now, and he has really bad body odor, he is constantly active and it has just been getting worse—help?

My advice to you is to be 100% with him. Be honest, I bet that he doesn’t even know that he smells because people have been too afraid to say it. So, when it is just you two, tell him that it would be in his best interest if he started taking care of his body’s smell. -Mother

Q#3: Hey, I am new to hood and I keep forgetting my key in my room, so I am locked out—what should I do?

Hey, what I found to be of some great value to me, was to put a key on a necklace or a rubber band and make it sort of like a bracelet that you never take off. It can be totally stylish and you could possibly set a trend. -Mother

Frederick community protests violence in Ferguson, Mo.

By Meg DePanise

About 75 protestors marched the streets of downtown Frederick Thursday Aug. 28 to show their support for the residents of Ferguson, Mo., where Michael Brown, a black man, was shot and killed by a white police officer.

The group marched from South End Park at Burck Street to West South Street and West Patrick Street to the courthouse and then to City Hall.

Protestors voiced their opinions about the violence in Ferguson, Mo., many of them carrying signs and speaking out with a bullhorn.

Hood College junior Sandow Sinai got involved in the march when his friend in the Frederick area began planning the march and inviting him to meetings. “My role ended up being holding the banner for a lot of the march and holding the megaphone as chant leader,” Sinai said.

Sinai said that he also spoke briefly at stops along the march about his personal experience with racism and about the history of racism in Frederick including Roger B. Taney, a Frederick lawyer who later served as the fifth Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court and an ardent supporter of slavery.

“It was important to me because the facts of racism are terrifying,” Sinai said. “Every 28 hours, a black person is murdered by a cop, private sector security, or a vigilante and as a black teenager I have to always be conscious of the fact that it could be me.”

The protestors carried a sign that read “Fists Up Cops Down RIP Mike Brown” and chanted as they made their way to City Hall. According to participants, no streets were shut down for the march and a couple Frederick police observed the peaceful protest.

“I went to the march for Ferguson not only because I think the justice system is racist but also because I think that if people like me, not targeted by racism, don’t stand with the black community on this, the police are only going to get more dangerous,” Hood sophomore Grant Gallagher said. “And I don’t want to live in that world.”

A second march for Michael Brown was scheduled for Sept. 6 but was cancelled due to inclement weather. Organizers plan to postpone the march for a later date.

The march was hosted by Frederick Rising, a self-proclaimed anti-hate and pro-community group and human rights organization Unsettle Frederick.

Frederick Rising accepted monetary donations at the march to buy food to send to Ferguson, Mo. where much of the youth relies on meals provided by the school system.  Donations and school supplies to benefit the Frederick youth were also encouraged.

A fairly new group, Frederick Rising  joined Facebook during October of last year and has gained attention from many of its members’ participation in a number of radical responses and movements. Many members Occupied Frederick, took to the streets for Trayvon Martin, and spoke out against the privatizing of Citizens and Montevue nursing home facilities.

On Saturday, Sept. 13, Frederick Rising will host an event listed on Facebook as “A look at Ferguson, Mo.: Where they’re going, Where They’re at.” According to the event page, organizer Chris S. from Harrisburg, Pa. will share his experience on the movement in Ferguson, Mo. where he has spent time on the ground.

The event is open to the public and Frederick Rising asks that attendees bring a few dollars and a dish to share.

Unsettle Frederick meets weekly on Fridays at 5 p.m. inside Kemp Hall at 4 East Church Street, Frederick.

 

 

 

Photo by Max Neely.