3RD ANNUAL DELAWARE
Ride For Justice
Two years ago, a group of local cyclists came together to honor the memory of George Floyd and raise money to support organizations fighting for justice in Delaware. We’re honored and humbled that they’ve chosen to partner with the Delaware Center for Justice this year, recognizing the unique role that DCJ plays in the struggle for social justice in the First State.
When: June 11, 2022 – beginning at 7:30 AM (for 84.6 loop riders) – all other riders begin at 10:30 AM
Rain Date: June 12, 2022
What To Expect On Day Of Event: (Coming Soon)
Weather Information: (Coming Soon)
Any questions about sponsorships, ride details, or concerns can be direct to Sean Dwyer at firstname.lastname@example.org
This year’s family-friendly Delaware Ride for Justice will offer four routes from 5 miles, 10 miles, 28 miles, and 84.6 miles, a distance the organizers have chosen in memory of the final 8 minutes and 46 seconds of George Floyd’s life—and in recognition of the nationwide movement for justice that emerged as a result.
The rides will traverse a landscape suffused with the spirit of Delaware justice-seekers. All rides begin in Delaware City, near Polktown, one of the first Free Black communities in the state and one of the first locations where Black Delawareans legally owned property. At Polktown lies the long-lost and recently-restored African Union Church Cemetery, where several Black soldiers who served in the US Army during the Civil War are buried.
Continuing through the marshes and rolling fields of New Castle and Kent Counties, the longer routes pause at Appoquinimink Friends Meeting house, a hub of Underground Railroad activity, which saw Harriet Tubman, Samuel Burris, and Thomas Garrett, among others, risking their livelihoods, their freedom, and sometimes their lives in the quest for justice.
The 84.6 mile course continues to the Old State House in Dover, where Free Black Delawarean Samuel Burris was tried and convicted in 1847 of breaking state law by “enticing slaves to escape” and legally sentenced to fourteen years of slavery, escaping his fate only through the work of local abolitionists.
Proceeding into the woodlands of Kent County, cyclists will follow the route through Blackbird Forest, a landscape that Harriet Tubman traversed as she guided self-emancipators to freedom.
With 3 support stops, electronic and physical maps and cue sheets, road markings, and ride-day support, the Ride For Justice will be a day of physical challenge, personal contemplation, and natural beauty.
All proceeds from this event benefit the Delaware Center for Justice and its mission to listen, to amplify, and to act to seek justice for all Delawareans through advocacy and services. At DCJ, we recognize that powerful forces beyond an individual’s control drive involvement with the legal system—living in poverty, being the child of an incarcerated parent, attending an underfunded school, languishing in the school-to-prison pipeline, residing in an over-policed neighborhood, or simply being Black or Brown in America. Our programs work with youth and adults across the justice system, from pre-adjudication and detention to incarceration and reentry.
DCJ is unique among nonprofits in that we’ve operated in both the advocacy and service spaces for over 100 years. Our policy and education work informs—and is informed by—our direct service programs.
IN THE WORDS OF SAMUEL BURRIS, “WHATEVER IS LAWFUL, OF COURSE OUGHT TO BE RIGHT, AND WHATEVER IS RIGHT IS JUSTICE.”
Sponsor the ride for Justice
We welcome individuals, small businesses, and corporate partners alike who share our mission of a more just world through advocacy and services. You can make a difference — sponsor the Ride for Justice, and ensure that DCJ continues to meet the needs of our clients.