Marching for Black Lives in Yellow Springs
- Published: June 11, 2020
About 500 people gathered peacefully yet powerfully in Yellow Springs, Saturday, June 6, to protest racism, police violence and the death of George Floyd, the Minneapolis man killed by police in late May. Here, protesters walk through downtown Yellow Springs during an impromptu march.
Centered at the “peace corner” at Xenia Avenue and Limestone Street but stretching well beyond the intersection, last Saturday’s protest was the second such event in Yellow Springs. The names of 100 victims of police violence were read out, and organizer Bomani Moyenda invited protesters to sit or kneel in silence for eight minutes and 46 seconds, the amount of time the Minneapolis officer kneeled on Floyd’s neck, killing him.
Other speakers, including Dr. Venita Kelley and Julia Hoff, challenged protesters to “do something” to end systemic racism and the death of black people at the hands of police. Following a surge of energy and an impromptu plan, the crowd then marched down Xenia Avenue and circled around to, and beyond, the starting point, filling the street. Another rally, “YS Speaking Up for Justice,” is slated for 1 p.m. Saturday, June 13, at the corner of Xenia Avenue and Limestone Street.