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Peaceful Protests in Peoria

America’s young generation has emerged as leaders in the fight for equality and justice for Black lives. In the aftermath of George Floyd’s murder, peaceful protestors filled the streets of Peoria. The We Matter March, organized and led by local, young Black men and women, was held on Saturday, May 30th.

Over 1000 people gathered at the Peoria Riverfront and marched downtown to the Courthouse to protest police brutality. With a like attendance, Sunday, June 7th, Young Revolution, as the group is now known, put together the ‘Are We Next Rally’ at the Courthouse honoring Peoria victims: Eddie Russell, Jr., Daniel El, Louie Cruz, David Smith and Trashaun Shields.

In solidarity for George Floyd, attendees were asked to lay on the ground for eight minutes and 46 seconds. A silent march was then led by a drum line to the Gateway Building, followed by a Q&A session. In many parts of the world, protests and rallies have drawn large diverse crowds and the same holds true for Peoria.

Photos by Carl Holloway, Executive Director at MAY I Community Outreach