When the pandemic took away the simple act of touch between loved ones, we quickly began to realise the world-changing peace that comes through the simpler things in life; a smile, a kind word and even creating a human chain that goes along the Grand Union Canal. Yes, that is what will be taking place on the first and last Sunday of October 2nd and 30th to mark the symbolic start and end of Black History Month, a dedicated period in the UK calendar to recognise, reflect and, remember the contributions of Black people from across the globe have contributed to the UK for centuries.
From London to Leicester – with the linking of hands, the Unity Line will bring together 1000’s of individuals who will be able to congregate in hubs at key points along the canal. There, all individuals will be instructed what the simple next steps will be, in the generation of the longest Unity Line in the world. A line that demonstrates and reinforces black empowerment and community. The simplicity of the concept holds a powerful message that is non-offensive and non-intrusive, yet the symbolism of the linking of hands motivates people to participate in a revolution for greater peace across the globe.
On the first and last Sunday – 2nd and 30th October 2022 commencing at 13:00rs, there will be drummers holding the momentum and rhythm playing along the chain. On arrival, all individuals will be guided on when and how long the chain must start and end for the full impact to be realised.
“A visual symbol of Black Unity and the physical representation of black people doing it for self,” says originator Joi With An Eye
“And although the action may be too simple to comprehend, the impact will be global. It takes many small steps to reach a destination and I visualise 1000s of people coming together along the canal, linking hands and chanting in unison,” concludes Joi With An Eye
To participate in this act of peace for global change during Black History Month, and be part of the Unity Line as a juxtaposition of the negative and antagonistic narrative perpetuated about Black Men and Women across the globe, register at https://merkabaprojects.com/