The marchers, led by POP President Lawrence "Larry" Hamm, made a round-trip from a closed wig store at 779 Broad St. north of the Broad-and-Market streets' "Four Corners" to just short of City Hall and back.
The walkers - many of whom held signs and chanting "Remember Mandela, Bear the Struggle, Bear the Win," went south on Broad before turning around at where 888 Broad St. - the Borok's Furniture Store - stood.
The marchers, before and after their six-minute round-trip, walked in a circle before 779 Broad St. before ending with remarks by Hamm
and four other speakers.
banded, marched, rallied and disbanded in the Four Corners area is not new.
The human rights group, indeed, have held mini-public awareness rallies at 779 Broad St. most lunch hour Saturdays.
have held marches and demonstrations - sometimes closing the Broad-and-Market intersection - when the occasion was warranted.
told "Local Talk
" that POP's Dec. 8's march was necessary.
"The apartheid regime made it illegal to mention his
name, publish his
words or show his
likeness for 27 years," said Hamm
during the rally.
interrupted himself when he
saw a POP
marcher wearing a POP "Free Nelson Mandela" button.
"We've a brother who is wearing a vintage button," said Hamm
It is that day of prayer that Hamm
and his POP
officers agreed to hold their march while at their weekly meeting at the Abyssinian Baptist Church on West Kinney Street Dec. 5.
"We made the decision that Thursday (Dec. 5) to have the march," said Hamm
to "Local Talk.
That banner at 920 Broad St. was visible when Hamm
decided to U-turn Sunday's marchers.
and his fellow speakers acknowledged Mandela's being ranked alongside Mohandas Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as the 20th Century's human rights leaders and peacemakers.
, however, emphasized Mandela as a revolutionary.
"Mandela was part of the struggle with the African National Congress
," said Hamm
noted that the ANC
, which celebrated its centennial this year, had connections with Marcus Garvey's pan-African movement of the 1920s.
"Mandela and the ANC
got help from (Cuba's) Fidel Castro, (Libya's) Mohamar Gadaffi and Yasser Arafat of the PLO," added Hamm
concluded that Mandela's work, like Dr. King and Malcolm X's efforts, is not finished.