HAMILTON, NJ --  The "Father’s Day Unity March & Peaceful Protest" organized by Hamilton Pastor Dr. Joseph E. Woods of the Saint Phillips Baptist Church has been postponed due to an inclement weather forecast on Sunday. Organizers made the announcement Saturday evening out of "concern for everyone's safety" and said that a new date will be forthcoming.  

The march was organized by Woods to issue “A Call to Action” "in response to the constant disregard for Black life as witnessed through injustice, inequality, and inequity, from the local through the national levels" and noted that last week the words "Kill N***ers" on several streets in Hamilton Township.  

“I believe prayer and peaceful protest is a proper response to addressing the injustices that we have seen with police brutality in our nation in instances like what happened to George Floyd and many others," said Woods in announcing the march. "The numbers grow daily. However, I firmly believe that there must be a purpose and plan beyond the protesting in order to see the needed transformation and change.”

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The "Call to Action" seeks a “Five Point Call to Action Strategy."  It is aimed at affirming the significance, beauty, importance, and value of Black life; promoting unity amid diversity as we love all our neighbors; engaging in prayer and peaceful protest; issuing a challenge to engage in purpose beyond protesting; and establishing a task force to implement the strategy.  

Since Woods was a teenager marching along his father, he has organized peaceful protests. He has pastored at The Saint Phillips Baptist Church for a decade and is known as “A Bridge to Cross You Over” serving both Christ and the community for one-hundred and two years. 

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