Carrying signs with statements such as “make America kind again” and “women’s rights are human rights,” thousands of people marched from Coolidge Park to downtown Chattanooga Saturday.
According to the Facebook event page, the purpose of theWomen’s March on Chattanoogawas to allow locals to stand in solidarity with the Women’s March on Washingtonand send a bold message to the country and the world about gender equality after the inauguration of President Donald Trump.
While many marchers were protesting the new president, several were hopeful about the movement for equal rights.
“I want to make the world a better place and be around like-minded people,” march participant Toodle Lee said. “I don’t want to be sad.”
The crowd gathered in Coolidge Park to make signs and listen to several speakers, who fired up the audiencebefore the march began.
Click here to watch video from the Chattanooga march and the speakers.
People of varying genders, ages, backgrounds, sexual orientations and races participated in Saturday’s march.
Photos of the march can be seen below.
Ashley Day is a contributing writer forNooga.com. She is also a student at UTC, where she serves as opinion editor for The University Echo.
Updated @ 6:57 p.m. on 1/22/17 to correct a typographical error.