LANCASTER, Pa. (WHTM) — Lancaster City held a celebration on Friday championing diversity in the area.
Equality Fest featured different, art, culture, food and activism. Lancaster Stands Up hosted the event and said it was to help highlight the positive message and unity demonstrated by Black Lives Matter rallies.
“It doesn’t matter, queer or straight. It doesn’t matter your color — black, brown, white, red, pink. We’re all here together. We’re all here to unite,” said Yaima Lopez, event organizer.
They were united by love and a lack of being able to rest.
“We’ve been down here for over a month now protesting,” said Kevin Pond, an activist in the community.
That protesting has changed city and police policies, but marching and chanting aren’t a “one-size-fits-all” solution, according to organizers.
That’s where events like Equality Fest come in.
“Not only are we allowing our community to enjoy themselves and who they truly are, but we’re giving an opportunity for kids to come out here and learn their civil rights,” Pond said.
“If we do this once a month, where they can express their talents, I think it helps them express themselves,” Lopez said.
Whether it’s through painting or rap, Lopez said teaching the next generation that their voices matter will be crucial to the movement. She also said people may be surprised by all the similarities between black and white children.
“The only difference is, a black child is already being judged, you know, from when they’re born,” Lopez said.
She hopes the next generation is born into acceptance, because racism isn’t something people develop naturally — it’s taught.
“If you bring three different type of barbies to a white child — white, black and a brownish doll — I guarantee you that baby girl will grab that black doll,” Lopez said.
If people are still unsure or have doubts, organizer said come by. They want to have productive conversations.
“If you want to say, ‘all lives matter,’ that’s great, but we want you to come out here and educate you why we feel that black lives need that outrage that you show for other people, as well,” Pond said.
“Come get to know us. If you want to get educated, this is the perfect chance,” Lopez said.
Lopez hopes to hold similar events every first Friday of the month. To support the cause, click here.
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