About three dozen people marched through Dover and held a short rally July 12 to call attention to recent events across the country.
Declaring #whitelivesmatter, #blacklivesmatter and #alllivesmatter, the group was adamant in speaking of the need for change in attitudes of people -- regardless of race -- toward each other.
Dubbed the Unity March, the gathering was arranged by Dover City Councilman Roy Sudler Jr. and started opposite the Duncan Center on Forest Street. The marchers made their way down Loockerman Street, ending up outside City Hall, in front of the memorial to longtime Dover Mayor Crawford Carroll.
The march followed by three days a more spontaneous gathering at Capitol Green, where about 70 people marched through the community and temporarily blocked both lanes of U.S. Route 13.
Sudler’s group instead was accompanied by an escort of several motorcycle riding officers from the Dover Police Departmnt.
Sudler said his reason for calling the march was to show how all lives are important and that no group matters more than another.
“My purpose in being here is to help make change,” said Dover’s Francis Thomas. “I want to help find a resolution to all this craziness. These types of things should not be happening in this day and age.
“There’s no point in a man being shot down by the police, but there’s also no need for the police to be shot down,” she said.
Henderson Warren came out because he wanted to get involved.
“I felt helpless in seeing everything that’s happened,” he said. “I just wanted to make a small difference.”