MONTCLAIR, NJ - Montclair High School students have teamed-up with other students across Essex County to host a rally for Juneteenth on Friday, June 19.
A group of student activists from Montclair High School hosted a rally and march on June 8 that had more than 4000 people in attendance to support the Black Lives Matter movement. During the rally, students spoke of biased incidents that have happened to them from students and staff in the Montclair Public Schools.
A new group called NJ Student Blackout, has formed and includes students from around Essex County. According to the literature, they are comprised of a group of black students across Essex County who are advocating for restorative change in New Jersey. The rally is to advocate for restorative change and to aise awareness and share list of demands with local leaders.
"We stand in solidarity with all victims of police brutality and condemn al acts of racism," they stated.
According to organizers, students will stand in solidarity with those who have lost their lives to police brutality. They have also compiled a list of demands, including accurate depiction of black history within education, twice a month school wide intensive discussions targeting racism, in-school mental health programs geared towards black students to restore damage done by racism, conversations between black student groups and administration, increase collaboration between Essex County Schools, and redistribute funds to schools and reformative programs.
According to a release, the Juneteenth event will take place in two parts. Starting at 1 p.m., attendees will partake in the rally located at 6 Lloyd Road in Montclair. Then around 4PM, at the conclusion of the rally, there will be a Liberation Celebration at Rand Park, located at Montclair high School, that will include performers and speakers.
T-shirts will also be available for sale.
Attendees are asked to wear masks, gloves, bring water and signs.
Some food will be available. Donations accepted: Sign-up is attached