VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) – Over 100 people showed up to march along Atlantic Avenue at the oceanfront to show solidarity and send a message that our elected officials work for everyone.
VB Interdenominational Ministers Conference issued a call to action to march in solidarity over racial bias and economic cronyism. Organizers are pushing for a disparity study to ensure qualified minority business owners have equal opportunity to do business in prime real estate at the oceanfront.
Marchers gathered around 9:30 a.m. at Rudee Loop to kickoff the march at 11 a.m.
While the march is open to anyone with any types of concerns regarding Virginia Beach, Hampton Roads, or the U.S. organizers say showing support for the disparity study is their main goal.
Dr. Allen has stated, “The Faith, Freedom, and Justice March is a statement to Virginia Beach, the state, and the nation that we the people are indeed what makes America great. Virginia Beach is a tremendous city with unlimited potential. But it can’t be the greatest city in the world if it is not the greatest city for all its citizens.”
— Marielena Balouris (@Marielena_TV) February 25, 2017
Marchers walked two and a half miles down Atlantic avenue to 40th street where they turn around and come back down the boardwalk to 24th. The march ended at Cavalier Hotel.