Civil Rights Legacy Coalition Organizes Silent March

Civil Rights Legacy Coalition Organizes Silent March
The university?s Civil Rights Legacy Coalition will host a silent march through campus on Jan. 17 in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.?s birthday.

In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday, the university's Civil Rights Legacy Coalition invites the campus community to participate in a silent march through campus on Tuesday, Jan. 17. The event will be followed by an address by Halford Fairchild, an activist and professor of psychology and black studies at Pitzer College.

Cal Poly Pomona's Civil Rights Legacy Coalition is comprised of various campus organizations, including the Michi & Walter Weglyn Endowed Chair for Multicultural Studies, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., the African American Student Center, the Raise Your Voice Campaign, the Center for Community Service-Learning, IMPACT, the Black Student Union (BSU) and the Student Coalition for a Just Peace. The march was created and spearheaded by Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity's Iota Psi Chapter decades ago.

“Dr. King has left a legacy of nonviolence and is a beautiful example of determination and courage in the face of adversity,” says Francis Gonzalez, student intern of the Weglyn Endowed Chair. “He is among a number of nonviolence guiders/elders who contributed to our understanding of addressing oppression with love-action.”

Designed to celebrate and honor MLK and other nonviolent leaders, the silent march will begin at the flagpole in front of the CLA Building at 11:50 a.m. (Participants are asked to wear black to show solidarity.) The procession will then march to “the pancakes” in the southeast corner of the University Quad, where Fairchild will speak.

Fairchild was active in addressing the murder of Irvin Landrum, Jr., an 18-year-old black man shot to death by Claremont police officers in 1999. Following the shooting, the two officers involved were named “Officers of the Year” by the Claremont Police and “City Employees of the Year” by the city. Fairchild organized a coalition that protested and called for further investigation into the shooting. Ultimately, as a result of a coalition led by Fairchild, the awards were rescinded.

For more information on this event, contact Weglyn Endowed Chair Jose Calderon at (909) 869-3524.