ALPENA, Mich. — This weekend the owner of The Fresh Palate is hosting an equality and inclusion assembly and silent march to celebrate the Alpena community. The goal is to bring like–minded people together to raise awareness and celebrate the community’s equality initiatives.
Owner Eric Peterson, who is also the organizer of the assembly, said the march has nothing to do with anything political or worldly. He said as an Alpena native, he feels this is a solid community that stands up for one another and should be celebrated.
Peterson said his goal is to spread positivity and he is hoping the march will be an inspiration to surrounding areas. He added that he feels biases are not a communal thing but personal and sometimes people don’t know they have them.
Peterson has chosen guest speaker, Sandra Pilgrim–Lewis, to speak at the event and said she’s been an inspiration to him and he feels she can be that to others.
The silent procession will begin at Duck Park on Sunday, October 4, at 2:00 p.m. and will continue to the Bandshell for an assembly at 3:00 p.m.
Signs representing unity and love are encouraged and you are asked to wear your mask and respect social distancing guidelines.