As we are living in these transitional and turbulent times there is a great need to remain responsive and nimble in addressing the sudden changes that come with life. This challenge of 100 Million Steps For Justice was birthed in response to the egregious and heinous acts of injustice against people of color that we have been witnessing for decades and especially in recent days. Below is an overview of the vision and intent of the 100 Million Steps for Justice.
Ironically, our nation’s highest leader plans to reconvene campaigns aimed at bolstering his support base. Incidentally, these rallies are slated to begin in Tulsa, Oklahoma which is the site of the 1921 race massacre where the wealth and lives of black residents were destroyed through violence. An appropriate response to the silent dog whistle political move of the previously mentioned rally is a unified response from those who refuse to tolerate injustice any longer! We are looking for at least 10,000 people JUST LIKE YOU to stand in solidarity with us while doing something healthy in their individual contexts of life. Anyone desiring to raise their voice in the fight against racial and social injustice in our country can participate. Put your feet to the pavement for justice TODAY!
The goal is to enlist 10,000 individuals to walk /run a minimum total of 10,000 steps (virtually) beginning June 19, 2020 – July 3, 2020. Unlike a traditional walk or run, this experience will be virtual as a safety measure against COVID-19. This virtual experience allows individuals to participate wherever and whenever they decide within the timeframe of the challenge. Juneteenth (June 19th) was intentionally selected as the kick-off day in that it commemorates the ending of slavery in the United States (June 19, 1865). Given that the social climate of our times is currently oppressive to black Americans we are kicking off the 100 Million Steps for Justice. We will ask for a small donation of $15.00 from each participant with 100% of the proceeds being divided among social justice groups such as: NAACP Legal Defense Fund, Black Lives Matter, Color of Change, BlackGirlsCode, and Next Level Boys Academy. Our goal is to raise at least $150,000 to sow into the fight for justice.
The Partners: The 100 Million Steps for Justice is the collaborative effort of pastors throughout Metro-Atlanta and their congregations, various organizations in support of racial equality and justice, and leading influencers in the community. The goal is to demonstrate unity and oneness in the wake of the tortuous and murderous deaths of people of color. We win together!
Follow these simple steps to participate:
• Register and select steps target number
• Set up your devices (Fitbit, Garmin, etc.) or download our Charity Footprints Apple or Android app.
• Beginning Juneteenth (June 19, 2020) through July 3rd engage in your aerobic activity of choice to achieve your desired number of steps.
• Share your progress regularly on social media by posting pictures and short videos and spread awareness by word of mouth.
• Remember to Tag @100millionsteps so we can share your progress and use #100millionsteps to start a social media movement.