As marchers made their way down Pacific Avenue, group chants could be heard, which included, "Stop the Bullying, Stop the Hate," "Spread Love Not Hate," "Hey Hey, Ho Ho, Say No to Hate, Say Yes to Love," and "Honk Your Horn if You Believe in Love."
Minister Tony Howard led the group in prayer at the Louden Nelson Center, where the march began, as well as at the Town Clock. Howard has been a Minister with the Progressive Missionary Baptist Church for 22 years. The Santa Cruz NAACP has a strong connection to the church.
According to the NAACP, incidents of racial misconduct are "constantly" taking place in the wider community as well as at local schools, from kindergarten to the university. "I want my kids to be educated in a safe environment," Hill-Alston told the group at the Town Clock.
"Let's set some trends in education. Let's set some trends in fighting hate crimes. Let's just start anew," she said.
|Minister Tony Howard|