The Youth & College division of the NAACP will host a gathering of youth activists including Chance the Rapper as a counter-demonstration to President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration.
The “People’s Inauguration” rally will be held Saturday, Jan. 21 at Howard University in Northwest to organize and plan a response to new civil rights threats expected under a new administration and Congress in 2017.
“We are faced with a moral and ethical crisis during this critical time in our nation’s history after the election of Donald J. Trump,” said Stephen Green, director of the NAACP Youth & College Division.
Green contends that the rally will reunite allies and partners who helped register thousands of new and young voters during the 2016 election.
The goal remains to launch a new era of activism and protest against potential threats from the Trump presidency.
Speakers expected to appear include CNN political commentator Symone Sanders, Tamika Mallory and Pastor Jamal H. Bryant.
The new initiative, called #StayWokeAndFight, will involve direct actions, protests and other activism to oppose threats to civil rights, education investment, criminal justice reform and other areas of concern posed by the incoming administration that takes office the day before the rally, the NAACP said in a statement.
During the meeting, attendees will begin collaborating to unite and construct a progressive policy agenda for the coming months and years.
Organizers also will host a “People’s Inaugural Ball” on Friday, Jan. 20 at an undetermined location. Registration is available online for individuals and groups at www.staywokeandfight.com.
“This moment calls for young leaders to gather together and develop a strategy to protect the human and civil rights of all Americans through nonviolent resistance,” Green said.