Harlem Silent Parade

A silent parade is a form of non-violent civil protest.


Harlem’s Silent Parade of 1917

Harlem’s Silent Parade of 1917 was a protest against violence directed at people of color.

It was led by scholar and civil rights activist W.E.B Du Bois, who lived in Sugar Hill at 409 Edgecombe Avenue behind the Sugar Hill Children’s Museum.

The Parade was led by mounted police. Women and children dressed in white came next. They were followed by men dressed in black. Banners explained the reasons for the march.

The dignity of the marchers led New Yorkers of all backgrounds to express their understanding and support.

We walk always with pride and dignity, hallmarks of our own humanity.


Children’s March for Justice

The Children’s March for Justice, a tribute to Harlem’s Silent Parade of 1917, marches from the Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling in Sugar Hill, Harlem, NYC on Sunday, July 28, 2019 at 2pm. FREE

The March will be led by children from the community with families and concerned citizens. The only sound will be drummers leading the March.

The March starts and ends at the Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling. A community celebration follows.

The Children’s March for Justice seeks to bring focus to children’s issues of fair housing, equal education, immigration reform and cultural arts.

In respect of the Silent March of 1917, women and children can wear white and men can wear black. If you don’t have those clothes, don’t worry, just come and be part of history. And you don’t have to be Black. We are all children of Africa. Africa is mother for all humanity.

This is not only our history, but our future. We have to tell our own stories because nobody else will. It’s important to teach our children early on that while everything is possible in our country, nothing is given. We have to stand up for ourselves and for what is right.

This March is supported by:

  • Offices of Congressman, Adriano Espaillat (Dominican)
  • NYS Assembly member, Al Taylor
  • NYS Assembly member Carmen de la Rosa
  • NYS Assembly member Inez Dickens
  • NYS Senator Brian Benjamin
  • NYS Senator Robert Jackson
  • Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer
  • NYC Council member Mark Levine
  • NYC Council member Bill Perkins
  • NYC Council member Ydanis Rodriguez (Dominican)


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