The Early Beginnings
The first Unity Walk was organized in 2004 by Terry Wade in response to an attempted cross burning in Gilbertsville. The number of people in attendance was approximately 200.
Success Breeds Success
In 2005, activities were added to the Walk, which included a non-profit information fair, a children’s center, and a moon bounce. The attendance reached 1000 people.
Unity Walk Banner
Moon Bounce |
The following year, 2006, live entertainment was added to the non-profit information fair, children’s center and moon bounce. The Unity Walk was included as a "No Place for Hate" activity, and students from Junior High West became involved. The attendance doubled, reaching 2000 people. The walk started and ended at Junior High West.
Each year since 2006, new activities and entertainment have been added and the interest has remained strong.
Each year has brought new and exciting activities to the Unity Walk and 2011 will be no different. We encourage you to bring family, friends, and acquaintances to make this year’s Unity Walk the best ever. It is important to remember:
"Every walker counts in a community that cares!"
Unity Puppets from 2007 Unity Walk
Print of Diversity Mural at Rita’s Water Ice