The year was 1926. Racial tensions were running high on Columbus’ east side. A fight broke out in the halls of East High School as several proud young black men protested against the injustice of being denied admittance to their school’s social events which were reserved exclusively for their white classmates. This courageous group was the genesis of a brotherhood that would stand tall for justice and integrity for generations of Black men who have followed. This is the story of the Merry Makers Club, Inc.
The racial struggle faced by our founding Merry Makers ninety-four years ago has painstakingly continued throughout time. Recently, to our horror, we all witnessed the 8 minutes and 46 seconds on May 25, 2020 where George Floyd’s life was brutally taken. Incredibly, from this moment of darkness, beams of light are beginning to shine to ensure that Mr. Floyd’s tragic death was not in vain.
A worldwide movement of change led by young people of good will is arising, intensely demanding that all facets of the pernicious, systemic, institutionalized racism which infects our nation heretofore be dismantled and abolished, once and for all. The Merry Makers stand ready to continue the anti-racism work started by our Founders. Our strategic actions will include voter registration and education, as well as fundraising in support of local efforts.
Black Lives Matter and we are committed to the journey for racial and economic justice in all communities around the world!