March Forth Racial Healing and Reconciliation Holiday
"We can remember our history,
without reliving it!"
-Alicea Joy Davis
National Holiday Proclamation
When is this day celebrated? March 4th as proclaimed by the National Day Archive Committee.
What is this day?
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.
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 sincerely 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 March Forth by physically marching on this day, but that we move forward towards unity by taking actions to build trust in our areas of influence and in our relationships with others.
Why Is March Forth not celebrated with a physical march?
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 one’s control, this holiday inspires a personal commitment that one is already at liberty to make.
As citizens, we do not need legislation to connect with others who are different from us.
Our Holiday Hashtag: #MarchForthInUnity
Share your photos and videos of your March Forth celebration on social media! Be sure to include your city and state in your post, to demonstrate the spreading of unity!
Ethnic unity starts with people from various cultural backgrounds respecting one another.
F.O.R. (Friends of Reconciliation, Inc.) is perpetually committed to organizing inspirational racial healing events that can be viewed on this day.
Who created this day?
March Forth was created by the founder of the March Forth Movement, Alicea Joy Davis.
It All Started At Home
Alicea's 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!