By Fighting Words Staff
A second annual rally and march to highlight the problem of racial profiling of Black and Brown motorists, cyclists and pedestrians by police was held in Detroit along the 8 Mile Road border with the northeastern and northwestern suburbs on Sat. June 5, 2021.
The event consisting of two rallies featuring speakers and cultural presentations began at 8 Mile and Dequindre.
Later participants marched to 8 Mile and Woodward for the second rally.
Racial Profiling Across 8 Mile Committee coordinated an alliance of organizations including Moratorium NOW! Coalition, Detroit Will Breathe, Warriors on Wheels, Michigan Liberation, Fight for $15, 313 Care Collective, among others, all of which carried out the action.
The rallies were chaired by Allen Dennard of Detroit Will Breathe (DWB) and addressed by a host of activists and artists including Jae Bass, Kenya Fentress, One Single Rose, Tameka Citchen-Spruce, Rebecca Phoenix, Sarah Torres, Abayomi Azikiwe, etc.
The Racial Profiling Across 8 Mile Committee has been waging a billboard campaign since November with large and boldly designed announcements about the dangers of police misconduct.