SEPTEMBER 23, 2017, at the LINCOLN MEMORIAL, WASHINGTON D.C.
On September 23rd, 2017 thousands will unite together against hate, violence, racism and injustice at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. for the March for Civility. Ken Nwadike, Jr. of the Free Hugs Project and his organization RestoreCivility.org, are leading up this March in Washington. Following in the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr who said, “Those who love peace must learn to organize as effectively as those who love war.” Nwadike says, “We must show that there are more of us that choose love and equality than those that choose hate and division.”
Ken Nwadike, Jr. has become an internet sensation but also, so much more. Since handing out free hugs a few years ago at the Boston Marathon in the year following the terrible bombing tragedy, he’s become one of the nation’s leading Inspirational Speakers and Peace Activists. He has been showing up at protests around the country to help maintain peace on the front lines and mediate tensions between parties.
Most recently, Nwadike was at the protests in Charlottesville, Virginia, nearly being hit by the tragic attack that took the life of Heather Heyer.
“Peaceful demonstrators should not have to fear for their lives while taking a stand against hate and injustice,” says Nwadike, “After experiencing what I saw, I am more motivated to keep trying to make a difference. We are the people to create the change that we all hope for.”
On September 23, 2017, during World Peace Weekend, Nwadike alongside a team of business leaders, activists, and celebrities, will lead the March for Civility in Washington, D.C. The nonpartisan march and civility rally will take place at the footsteps of Lincoln Memorial, where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave his “I Have A Dream” speech. The event aims to bring people of all backgrounds together in support of civility love, unity, and equality. The key principles of civility being:
Listening to understand – engaging in conversation
Humanity – seeing the other person as an individual
Peace – mediating differences with an open and welcoming mind