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Hundreds participate in Black Lives Matter rally in Glens Falls

Hundreds participate in Black Lives Matter rally in Glens Falls

Mark Mulholland
Updated: June 05, 2020 07:38 PM
Created: June 05, 2020 06:14 PM

GLENS FALLS - Hundreds of people marched up the middle of Glen Street Friday afternoon, chanting and shouting in the name of black victims of police brutality.

Once they were at Crandall Park, a rally began when everyone was asked to take a knee and observe a moment of silence for those black people who have been unjustly harmed or killed by police.

It was billed as a Black Lives Matter rally and much like the population here, there were far fewer people of color than people who are white.

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Marissa Ray, one of the young organizers spoke of the injustice of so-called white privelege.

"It's not fair, we should not be any more privileged for the amount of melanin that our skin produces."

Lyric Rose of Luzerne, another organizer, said it's important for communities like Glens Falls to be heard. "When predominantly white areas have events like this, marches like this, protests like this, it shows people in other parts of the world, even bigger cities that there are people who care."

There were songs and speeches as people spread out on the lawn, some wearing masks, some not.

Mary Gooden, the head of the Glens Falls chapter of the NAACP says she wasn't surprised by the number of white people showing their support.   

"We as black Americans could not be where we are today without good White Americans. And that's a fact. They had to help us get here. And you could tell, we still have the support today. There's a lot of good people out there."

Gooden says things will only improve if people vote.
 
Morgan Milhollen-Dukes of Hudson Falls, another organizer, and a student at Russell Sage, said she hopes its her generation that achieves real change.

"As a black woman, if I have kids one day, I dont want them to have the same fear I have when they're in their car or entering stores," she said.

"My peers, we're not going to accept how things were in the past, we're not going to accept small change, we want monumental change and we want it now."


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