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'March for Equality and Social Justice' set for Murray on Jan. 21
Sarah Gutwirth and Peter Murphy at organizing meeting.

The details that weren't worked out when Berry Craig submitted this story in December have been fleshed out.

The March for Equality and Social Justice will begin at Faculty Hall on Murray State's campus, shown at right.

Marchers can park free in the university parking lot. The March will travel to downtown Murray, a distance of about a mile. When reached, Peter Murphy shared the schedule:

9:45 - 10:15 Park in Faculty Hall parking lot on 16th street. Parking is free on Saturday.

Convene in paved area between Faculty Hall parking lot and the academic buildings (Wood Shop, Pottery, Sculpture labs). There will be marshals in lime green vests to direct you.

10:15 - 11 March to the Court House Square

11 - 12:30 Speakers and musicians

12:30 - 1 Clean-up crew goes into action.

The rest of us go home and celebrate our contribution to making America greater than hatred and intolerance.

A few tips and addendum from Murphy:

"We are working on transportation from the Court Square back to Faculty Hall, but we are not sure yet if that will pan out. Thus, people should be aware of the walk to their car after the march. I'll let you know as soon as we do.

Folks who might encounter a challenge walking this distance should make plans accordingly. If you feel tired at any point in the march, please be sure to move away from the march to the sidewalk, and take a seat on the curb. We are fortunate to have our very own EMT as one of the marchers, and he will be paying attention for folks in need of assistance."

When asked if any elected officials will be joining the March, Murphy said he was not aware of any at this writing.


Submitted by Berry Craig:

Do you want to join the "Women's March on Washington," but need to stick closer to home?

Peter Murphy and Sarah Gutwirth suggest a trip to Murray on Jan. 21 for the "March for Equality and Social Justice."

More than 100 women and men--university faculty, staff and students, plus residents of Murray, Mayfield, Farmington, Cadiz, and other nearby communities--attended the group's second organizational meeting on campus Wednesday night.

"We're a diverse group, and we're growing," said Murphy, an English professor. Gutwirth, his wife, is an art professor.

So far, the lineup of speakers includes a pastor, a union leader and a Murray State historian. Other speakers are being lined up.

The first meeting, on Nov. 22, drew about 30 people. All told, at least 130 people are on board via the internet and social media. "March for Equality and Social Justice" is the group's Facebook page.

The protest will feature a march and a rally. The march will start at 10 a.m., and the rally will wrap up at noon. Details are still being hammered out.

More information is available from Murphy and Gutwirth via email: pmurphy@murraystate.edu and sgutwirth@murraystate.edu.

For more on the Women's March on Washington set for the day after Donald Trump's inauguration, follow the link below.


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