National Day of Protest takes place Oct. 22

Shanice Lewis | 10/20/2016, 11:04 a.m.
The 21st annual National Day of Protest Against Police Brutality March is being held this weekend in Harlem.

The 21st annual National Day of Protest Against Police Brutality March is being held this weekend in Harlem.

On Saturday, Oct. 22, protesters are being asked to come out in all black to rally against the increasing number of murders that happen every year at the hands of law enforcement.

The march is in observance of the Oct. 22 Coalition to Stop Police Brutality, Repression and the Criminalization of a Generation, which works to “expose the epidemic of police brutality.” The coalition works with the Stolen Lives Project, an organization that performs a ceremony for recent and past victims of police brutality to be inducted into the project.

For 21 years the march has taken place in cities across the country, bringing together families and supporters who have experienced a loss because of law enforcement.

According to the march’s organizers, “The National Day of Protest aims to bring forward a powerful, visible protest against police brutality and the criminalization of a generation that disproportionately targets Blacks, Latinos and Native Americans.”

Juanita Young, an organizer of the march, is familiar with the feeling of losing someone to police brutality. Back in March 2000, her son, Malcolm Ferguson, was killed by NYPD officer Louis Rivera.

The protest will take place at noon at the Harlem State Office Building, located at the corner of 125th Street and Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard. Visit october22.org to learn more about the coalition.