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Close to a thousand people gathered in Miller Park for peaceful protest

(WDBJ)
Published: Jun. 6, 2020 at 6:50 PM EDT
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Miller Park was saturated Saturday with people of all ages, races and ethnicities, all communicating the same message.

"You know George Floyd was the tipping point. This new generation, they're demanding it," said guest speaker Brian Richie.

It's being written on signs and yelled from platforms, and is the prominent message of thousands of pictures.

"We stand in solidarity for change. Change starts with us, change starts with you, change starts with me, and change starts today," said the organizer of the event, Christian Glover-Tucker.

Parents brought their kids, who blew bubbles and held signs too. Black Lives Matter Lynchburg organized the event that lasted from 3 p.m to 5:30 p.m.

"It's important to us that they know it, from a young age, so they don't have to undo those lessons as they're older," said attendee Kathryn Giese.

"And I think it's important to show people that there's a place to have a conversation and not everyone is going to be against what you are saying," said Rox Cruz, with The Listening. Cruz' group provided a safe space for people to just come and chat.

There were unified chants, as well as a unified period of silence for eight minutes and forty-six seconds.

People hugged, sweat and cried, together.

"If you have any violence, or any malice, or even want to pick up a rock, stay at home, that's not what we do," said Richie.

An afternoon of peace, with a goal of a peaceful tomorrow.

"It's just a wonderful feeling, this is a beautiful scene you know, seeing people coming together, supporting this cause," said Allen.

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