On Saturday, July 25 several hundred cars are set to drive slowly through
Pomona, Claremont and La Verne in a motorcade in support of Black Lives
Matter. Those planning to participate include faith groups and community
organizations, along with state senators, assembly members and local civic
This witness for Black Lives Matter will follow a 16-mile route through Pomona,
Claremont, and La Verne, covering main streets in each city, and passing by the Pomona Police Department, the courthouse building, and City Hall.
It will take place July 25 from 11:00 am to 2 pm, beginning at the the Pomona school district parking lot at 1440 Holt Avenue, Pomona- Indian Hill Mall west, where participants are asked to arrive by 10 am for staging. Cars will leave the lot in four groups:
Historically Black churches and organizations
State and local civic leaders
All faith groups
The motorcade is being organized by Karen Vance, a longtime elementary
teacher (recently retired) in Pomona and member of the Claremont Friends
Meeting (Quakers). Karen explains that she “felt led as a Member of Claremont Quaker Meeting, to create an inter-faith motorcade witnessing to our support of Black Lives Matter. I sought a Covid safe way for our community to stand as one.
“Claremont Quakers supported my leading for a motorcade, and plans began.
The invitations I sent out were accepted by faith groups and forwarded to others.
State and civic officials, and community organizations joined us. The local
NAACP, National Council of Negro Women, and historically Black churches will lead the motorcade. We have people joining us from as far as Fontana and Pasadena. I did not, could not, have expected this outpouring of love.”
For more information, please contact Karen Vance at firstname.lastname@example.org.