Friday, July 28, 2017, marked the 100-year anniversary of the Silent Parade, a demonstration where nearly 10,000 Black Americans quietly paraded down New York’s Fifth Avenue to protest race-based violence and white supremacy in the U.S.
The stunning demonstration, led by the NAACP, was one of the nation’s first mass protests against lynching and other anti-Black violence, TIME reported. Dressed in white from head to toe, thousands of men, women and children took to the streets toting signs with slogans like “Thou Shalt Not Kill” and “Your Hands Are Full of Blood.”
Their goal? To get then President Woodrow Wilson to fulfill his promise of taking legislative action to protect the civil rights of Blacks in America, which he discussed during his campaign.
“There was no singing, no chanting — just silence,” tech giant Google said in a statement. “Today’s Doodle commemorates the 100th anniversary of the Silent Parade and honors those whose silence resonates a century later.”
People across the nation took to social media Thursday to celebrate the iconic march as well.
— Jack Slater (@Jack_Slater) July 28, 2017
— Jerry Mitchell (@JMitchellNews) July 28, 2017
— celeste doaks (@thedoaksgirl) July 28, 2017
For many users, the fact that they’d never heard of the #SilenParade until now came as a surprise.
I have never heard of the #SilentParade before… It's crazy how much of our history is glossed over in HISTORY CLASS!
— ACZeroshift (@ACZeroshift) July 28, 2017
— jas (@jasmine15west) July 28, 2017
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— cinnamon toast (@GoldenDollface) July 28, 2017