In what appears to be a collaboration with Equal Justice Initiative (EJI)—with whom Google.org partnered for Lynchings in America: Confronting the Legacy of Racial Terror in June—Google’s latest doodle honors resistance, specifically the NAACP’s Silent Parade of 1917.
Organized by the NAACP, the “Silent Protest Parade,” as the Miami Herald notes, was the first mass African-American demonstration of its time. It brought Black folks together to march down Fifth Avenue to Madison Square in silence as a message to President Woodrow Wilson to protect Black lives, and was a response to an onslaught of violence against Black people all over the nation.
“On July 28, 1917, 10,000 African Americans marched in silence through the streets of New York City, protesting lynching in America,” EJI writes at lynchinginamerica.eji.org. “100 years later, racial inequality persists. Google.org grantee the Equal Justice Initiative believes we can build a more just society, but only if we address this painful history — and the events that inspired the Silent Parade a century ago.”
Head to Google now to view the commemorative doodle.