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Women For Progress March 2020

Photo by Ann Madden

Bay Saint Louis, MS – The 100 WOMEN DBA, an organization under the 100 Men Hall, marched from the Hall to the Hancock County Courthouse on Juneteenth, Friday, June 19, 2020 at 6PM. Everyone was invited to join. 

Women for Progress MARCH
The Women for Progress march is a peaceful protest about the killing of Black people. As Hancock County women, along with the men who support us, we are marching against all acts of oppression and use our voices for those who are not heard, whose lives have not mattered, and who every day suffer at the hands of people in power who do not represent or uplift them. MASKS were  on sale at the Friday march and Tuesday sign making.

Ann Madden of Ann Madden Photography and Smith & Lens offered free family portraits to any Black family at 5PM outside the 100 Men Hall. Families arrived at 4:45, portrait ready, for 5-minute sessions in rapid succession. All photos were made available to the families at no charge.

Erica Larkin Gaudet of Studio Waveland offered a space on Tuesday evening, to make signs for the march at Studio Waveland, 228 Coleman Ave, Waveland, MS 39576. The sign making took place on Tuesday, June 16th from 5PM to 8PM. 

The route for the march started at the steps of the 100 Men Hall, 303 Union Street, and continued down Necaise Avenue to Main Street ending at the Hancock County Courthouse on 152 Main Street. Golf carts if needed.

The 100 WOMEN DBA chose to march on Juneteenth to commemorate Jubilee Day that began in Texas after the emancipation proclamation was declared to enslaved people six months after it had gone into effect. The group supported other Juneteenth celebrations to be held by the Hancock County NAACP in Waveland at MLK park at 7PM on Friday and 4PM on Saturday.

The 100 Women DBA is program under 100 Men Hall seeking to levy the members collective privileges and blessings to level the playing field for under-represented women to empower and support them in their business endeavors.

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