Hundreds gather in Meridian for peaceful protest
In a show of unity and love, hundreds gathered in Downtown Meridian for a peaceful protest. Protests like this have become the focus of attention in communities across the U.S. following the death of George Floyd.
“We’re fighting so we can walk down the street and be safe, so my grandson will be safe, so his children will be safe,” said participant Mary Hopson.
Participants lined up at Union Station and marched to City Hall chanting “I can’t breathe, breathe through me, justice and peace, we will see.”
With signs in hand and open hearts, the crowd was united through music and words of encouragement.
“We have a diverse community here right now which shows that this is not just a struggle of one group of people, but that all people are taking notice of this,” said participant Cheryl Cockrell.
During the rally, the crowd kneeled for 8 minutes and 46 seconds, symbolizing the amount of time that George Floyd was pinned on the ground with a knee in his neck.
“I’m just here as a face to keep shining a light on the fact that things need to change, we need better policies and we need to stick together as much as possible,” said recording artist and participant Big K.R.I.T.
As the rally came to an end, organizers told the crowd that it was not the end of advocating for equality, but potentially a new beginning in the fight for social justice.
Organizers say over 200 people were in attendance.