National Holiday Proclamation
The March Forth
Racial Healing and Reconciliation
Christian Holiday Standard
We love America and all of her citizens. Having compassionate leaders, laws and a culture of kindness, that reflect the standard of God’s written word is what the March Forth Christian holiday represents in America. Our nation has been historically described as a Christian nation, though we have yet to fully reflect the example of Christ in our treatment to one another.
Jesus set our standard when He said,"So in everything, do to others as you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets." found in Matthew 7:12
A Christian nation has the standard of love, truth and grace extended to all of her citizens. God gives all people the freedom and choice to follow His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, without force and without the spirit of fear. This holiday exist to inspire Christians to aid in racial healing and reconciliation by becoming more Christlike.
We believe that the March Forth Racial Healing and Reconciliation Holiday will cause a ripple effect that will help America achieve racial reconciliation in our lifetime, in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!
We are deeply grateful for the freedom to exercise our Christian faith in our country and we are committed to the racial healing process that will make America unified beyond belief!
May God bless America to shine His light in our world with desperate need for hope and redemption.
"Now unto Him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.” – The Apostle Paul, found in Ephesians 3:20-21 (KJV)
After honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in January, and Black History Month in February, March 4th is the opportune time for Americans to “March Forth” towards unity so that we can remember our dark history without reliving it.
March Forth is a Christian holiday that invites all American citizens to begin anew, by making an effort to open our hearts and minds to the common goal of unity, and the work of racial reconciliation through the love of God.
Honoring March Forth means that we commit our speech to solution-oriented dialogue, we take hope-filled actions that builds trust, and foster relationships, in order for our nation to be joined as a whole.
Four Ways to Honor March Forth:
1. Celebrate ethnic diversity by having a celebratory meal with a diverse group of friends that includes various ethnic cuisines, and a variety of Christian music genres worldwide.
2. Prayerfully write a letter to your community, church or national leaders about the social equities that you would like for others to enjoy, while also mentioning the unifying virtues that you stand for.
3. Read aloud scriptures of unity and healing such as:
2 Corinthians 5:16-21
John 17: 20-23
4. Stand in verbal agreement by reciting "
A Prayer for Racial Healing and Reconciliation"
We thank you for your amazing grace and great redemption for America's original sin of racism. With Your help, we can remember our history without reliving it or repeating it.
May our leaders fear You and be just. We ask for the healing of those who are grieving, hurting or afraid. May Your light of love drive out the darkness of hate.
We ask for the commitment of unity to rest in the hearts and minds of each citizen in our nation. We are of one race, the human race, though we know that racial reconciliation is a vital process, and the maintenance of unity is a continual work.
Lord, please use me to be a part of this mighty work. Instill in me an unwavering hope and faith in Your power that is at work within us. Help me to change my mind and to ask for forgiveness of my trespasses. Help me to forgive others who have trespassed against me, as You did. Help me to connect with those who are different from me.
We appreciate the power and beauty that You have created in all of us. We honor that You have made us all equal with the celebration of our ethnic differences."
May we March Forth in unity this day, and throughout the year. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen."
Note: It is intentional that we do not celebrate this day by forcing or demanding racial healing or reconciliation but that we march forth in unity by taking hope-filled actions that build trust in our spheres of influence, and in our relationships with others. A great way to honor March Forth is to examine our own mentality about various people. The greatest way to honor March Forth is to esteem others higher than ourselves with the mind of Jesus Christ, found in Philippians Chapter 2.
Christ-centered parades that celebrate ethnic diversity are certainly encouraged.
Physically marching for racial healing and reconciliation would be counterproductive to initiating the inner reconciliation work required for unity.
Traditionally, marching demonstrates requesting a change that is out of the citizen’s control. However, this holiday inspires a personal commitment that one is already at liberty to make.
As citizens in America, we do not need legislation to connect with others who are different from us.
Our Holiday Hashtag is #MarchForthInUnity
May citizens use the gift of technology to spread hope. May we share our photos and videos of our March Forth celebration with the joy of Jesus in our hearts!
Ethnic unity starts when people from various cultural backgrounds respect one another.
“I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear the Lord and put their trust in him” – written by King David, found in Psalm 40:1-3
May God give America the greatest new song to sing, as he lifts us up to His standard of an abundant life for us all.
To fear the Lord is to be in awe of God’s mighty works and His sovereign hand. May God’s gracious hand be upon us all as we march forth in the work of unity.
Alicea Joy Davis, Founder of the March Forth Movement and Holiday,
Benjamin Alexander Davis, Co-Founder of the March Forth Holiday
Pastor Calixto Garcia, Co-Founder of the March Forth Holiday
Teresa Rutt, Founding Member of Friends of Reconciliation, Inc.
Camiah Tutstone, Founding Member of Friends Reconciliation, Inc.
Dr. Robert Martin, Founding Member of Friends of Reconciliation, Inc.
John Holland, Civil Rights Leader and Founding Member of Friends of Reconciliation, Inc.
Julia Imbrunone, Founding Member of Friends of Reconciliation, Inc.
It All Started At Home
Alicea Davis' vision of a National Day of Racial Healing and Reconciliation began by reaching out to the leaders of her local community in the city of Pontiac, Michigan. Her Mayor, Dr. Deirdre Waterman, and City Council unanimously agreed that each March 4th will be a day to celebrate racial healing and reconciliation!