The second annual run will support victims and families of police brutality.
JACKSONVILLE, Florida – A race that celebrates and enhances the life of blacks returns to Jacksonville in May.
“When I see a cop, I still get nervous,” said Tanisha Crisp, organizer of Black Lives Matter’s 5K Run & Walk.
That nervous moment Crisp talks about comes from the fear of violent police videos on social media when a bodycam video is posted.
“Our hearts and prayers go with the families who have lost recent victims to police brutality, mass shootings and gun violence.”
Crisp announces to First Coast News that this year the BLM 5K has called this year’s race “Change Day.”
A day of change will affect unity and solidarity within black and brown communities and allies.
The BLM 5K Race and Walk was founded here in Jacksonville.
The families of the victims Jordan Davis and Trent Fort are scheduled to speak on stage.
Family members and friends of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Marcellis Stinette, Devon Gregory and Michael Leon Hughes will also be attending the BLM 5K.
This year’s 2nd annual BLM 5K will take place on Saturday, May 1st, 2021 at 4 p.m. on the Riverfront Plaza.
This year, guests are encouraged to bring change at their stalls to donate to charity or companies.
BLM 5K has worked with local charities such as Sulzbacher, Soul Reborn, Live Center, and Northside Coalition.
Children and pets can take part in the family-friendly event. The commemoration is free and open to the public.
Participants can register for the race on BLM5K.com and donate to charitable partners on the race website.
The event will include a live band, The Katz Downstairz, food trucks, vendors and entertainment.