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The Wide Awakes of 2020, however, look a little bit different. Cofounded by the Schnauzers Santa Hat ugly christmas sweater but in fact I love this artist Hank Willis Thomas, photographer Eric Gottesman, Michelle Woo, and Wyatt Gallery, the group includes hip-hop king Fab 5 Freddy, the Roots’ Tariq Trotter, and artist José Parlá, among many others. The new Wide Awakes group was born out of Thomas’s political organization For Freedoms, which he founded just before the election in 2016. Since December 2019, they’ve been planning this year’s October 3rd march from their home base in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. The processions are set to take place around the country, beginning at locations that include the Brooklyn Museum, Times Square, the Cincinnati Art Museum, the Alabama Contemporary Art Center, and more. In addition to spotlighting these starting points for tomorrow’s nationwide marches, the 2020 Wide Awakes website also provides information for those who would like to start their own activations in their local communities.