Marzieh Hashemi, founder of SP News, took part and spoke at the ceremony.
East St. Louis, Missouri - On the 3rd of July, locals and visitors converged on Eads Bridge for a final day of commemoration of the 100th anniversary of what is known as the East St. Louis Race War Massacre. International media activist and TV host, Marzieh Hashemi took part in the gathering and presented a speech regarding the international importance of human right violations against the Black community.
A crowd of more than 300 attendants along with guests and delegates were led by East St. Louis Mayor Emeka Jackson-Hicks and St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson across the Eads Bridge to place a wreath commemorating the horrible genocide. A brutal massacre of St. Louis’s Black community occurred on the 1st till the 3rd of July 1917 when tensions soared after Black immigrants started replacing White workers due to the lower benefits they received. As a result mobs killed what is said to be at least 39 people, while some estimate as much as 400 African Americans were killed.
The 100th anniversary commemoration ceremonies took place from Saturday till Monday the 3rd of July. Many various ceremonies took place with more than a thousand people taking part at times. Activists and speakers discussed numerous issues such as the significance of what happened 100 years ago and its relation to what is happening to the black community today especially at times where racist attacks are on the rise.
Marzieh Hashemi spoke at the event. She highlighted the importance of not neglecting the international aspect of such issues regarding the black community. “In the sixties, Malcolm X said that our problem is not a civil rights issue but a human rights problem. His word still remains true today and perhaps bringing attention to our issues on an international scale can help. We should follow our cause on and let the world know” said Marzieh Hashemi. She later on stated: “I am really pleased to have taken part in this important memorial and I truly applaud all who have put their time to make this happen. Such events are very important and a necessity so that we can connect our history with the present situation the African American community is in. This should be done having the future of Black generations in mind.”
Dr. Cynthia McKinney also attended the ceremony along with Marzieh Hashemi. She spoke at the event. She said: “The importance of being aware of history is that it empowers us to not let the powers divide the people “. She refrained from speaking about the St. Louis massacre as an issue of race. Dr. Cynthia McKinney stated that focusing on the race aspect plays into the hands of those who want to use it to control and divide the people.
Catherine Holt was the main organizer of the event.