Students lead Black Lives Matter rally in South Deerfield

Franklin County

SOUTH DEERFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Demonstrations for the Black Lives Matter movement continue in western Massachusetts.

Groups of locals and high school students gathered in South Deerfield Saturday to express their support. Many gathered at the town triangle, donning masks and holding signs saying “Black Lives Matter” and “No Justice, No Peace.”

Demonstrators peacefully marched to Frontier Regional High School and then to the town hall, chanting “Breonna Taylor!” and names of those who died from police violence.

At the town hall’s green, several speakers called on the need for a social and economic change as well as the end to police brutality.

Student organizers told 22News that they are using the holiday to focus on supporting black lives and the black community.

“Keep reminding themselves that this isn’t over, this is a movement not a moment and continue to read and educate others and themselves, and listen to black voices and people of color that is what we are here for today,” organizer Sadie Ross said.

A moment of silence was held for nearly nine minutes to reflect the death of George Floyd. Organizers are urging people to vote for change and to donate to help the movement.

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