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Photo essay: Hamtramck rallies for peace and unity

Man and child attending Hamtramck peace rally

Photographer Lauren Montgomery recently captured two Hamtramck events organized in the wake of the presidential election to promote peace and unity between the city's diverse constituents.
 
On November 14, residents came together for a "Peaceful Demonstration in support of the Muslim Community." Demonstrators marched for an hour around Hamtramck and gathered outside the city's library where people were encouraged to come forward and share words. According to Montgomery: "The attendees included a diverse group of citizens from Hamtramck and Detroit, community leaders, and individuals representing organizations supporting equality. In addition, CNN was present on behalf of the documentary series they are filming called, United Shades of America."
 
The second gathering, On November 20, was organized by a student at Hamtramck High School, Tahmim Siddiquee. Called "Hamtramck High School Rally for Unity and Peace," students marched with the school band, which played songs like "Stand By Me" and "On Hamtramck." The march ended at Veterans Park. From Montgomery: "Not one student said the name 'Trump.' Saxophone player and student Logan Hughes spoke to the crowd saying, 'We here in Hamtramck live quite peacefully … and we want to set an example of what the world should look like.'

Siddiquee also spoke, saying 'This is the best city in the world. This is what America looks like.'"
 
Hamtramck mayor Karen Majewski was in attendance for both events.
 
See the slideshow below for photos of the inspiring rallies.
 
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