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Saturday, May 18, 2024

More than one thousand expected as the Women’s March returns to downtown Wilmington

The inaugural Women's March in downtown Wilmington drew as many as 2,000 people. (Port City Daily photo | BENJAMIN SCHACHTMAN)
The inaugural Women’s March in downtown Wilmington drew as many as 2,000 people. (Port City Daily photo / BENJAMIN SCHACHTMAN)

WILMINGTON — A year after Women’s Marches sprung up across the country in response to President Donald Trump’s inauguration, the movement returns to downtown Wilmington this weekend.

Women Organizing for Women (WOW) will host the second annual Women’s March on Wilmington on Saturday. Last year’s event exceeded attendance expectations, with more than one thousand participants.

According to Lynn Shoemaker, a founding member of WOW, the 2108 Wilmington Women’s March is already expecting at least 1,200 participants.

Related story: Last year’s inaugural Women’s March gathered over a thousand in downtown Wilmington

The event will feature a host of public speakers, including WOW’s introduction of its Woman of the Year, Black Lives Matter, and Planned Parenthood. There are also several performers including poets and musicians.

The March will also feature several food trucks: Soulful Twist, Vittles and Folk’s Café. There will also be activities for children, as well as the Little Green Photo Booth.

The event will be held SaturdayJan. 20, 1-4 p.m. at Innes Park, 102 N. 3rd St., in front of Thalian Hall. A Post-March Party will at 4 p.m., at Bottega, located at 723 N. 4th St.

Speakers planned for the event include:

  • WoW!-Women Organizing for Wilmington
  • Introduction of WoW!’s Inaugural Woman of the Year 2018: Sarah Johnson
  • Planned Parenthood South Atlantic-Wilmington
  • Clean Cape Fear
  • New Hanover NAACP
  • SAGE
  • SUIT UP Wilmington
  • NC NOW
  • Sierra Club Cape Fear Group
  • Science March
  • Black Lives Matter
  • Grandmothers for Peace
  • Cape Fear Equality
  • Stand Up Brunswick!
  • New Hanover County Association of Educators-NCAE
  • League of Women Voters of the Lower Cape Fear
  • Jews for Justice- Cape Fear Chapter
  • The Progressive Coalition
  • Common Ground Radio
  • New Hanover Chapter of the National Black Leadership Caucus

Musicians and performers:

  • Laura McLean
  • Delthea Simmons, poet
  • Blake Barnette
  • LaCi
  • Cheyenne Champion
  • Johanna Winkel
  • Susan Savia
  • Khalisa Rae, spoken word
  • Abrielle LaRoche (aka Abi), poet

Food trucks

  • Soulful Twist
  • Vittles
  • Folk’s Cafe

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