In celebration of JuneTeenth, Courtney Covers Cleveland teamed up with RunWithTheWinners to bring the black running/walking community together in Cleveland. Can I just say WOW… it was more than a success! It was literally everything and more with hundreds of people attending to run/walk in solidarity for the BLACK LIVES MATTER Movement.
We began with a group stretch then we were off! Everyone at their own pace, some running- full sprints lol while others, like me walked. It was a great chance to get to know other running clubs and people and organizations. Cars passed by honking horns and with decorated cars as we raised out fists! It was like a big family reunion, with people from various backgrounds coming together to celebrate JuneTeenth!
We made our way to the African American Cultural garden where we were welcomed by Mr. Carl Ewing, the President of the Association of African American Cultural Gardens. He explained to us the importance developing and preserving the garden while promoting and encouraging education and interest in African American culture by perpetuating a spirit of friendship and unity among people of all diverse cultures.Lastly, he explained the importance of the logo, The Sankofa bird. He told us that it is flying forward while looking backwards at his past. The egg symbolizes the future. By reaching back and gathering the best that our past has to teach us, we can achieve our full potential as we move forward. Thank you Rhonda Crowder for helping me coordinate this, it was the perfect add to our event!
I can’t wait to do this again!
For more information on the African American Cultural Gardens, to become a member or help in the effort to raise 2 million dollars to complete the garden, visit: http://aaacg.org/
To see all the pictures from the event visit: www.facebook.com/pg/RunWithTheWinnersRunClub/photos
T-Shirts By: TheKileidoscope
Pictures By: Manny Wallace and Gregory Wilson