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Protesters take to streets of Duluth in memory of George Floyd

Emily Ness
Updated: May 31, 2020 06:05 PM

The United States of America was founded on the notion that all men are created equal. But, protesters in Duluth mourning the loss of George Floyd’s life say that statement did not ring true for him and does not ring true for the Black Community at large.

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“We are at a point of massive unrest and it is terrifying and I will fight tooth and nail for our Black Community,” Katie Lund said.

To show their support for the Black Community, protesters made signs with powerful messages to put on their cars and to carry. Some of these messages included “I Have A Dream,” “Enough is Enough and “Grandmother’s for Peace.”

“We’re here as Grandmothers for peace because without justice, there is no peace,” Dorothy Wolden said.

Throughout the day, thousands of protesters marched from the Clayton, Jackson, McGhie Memorial to City Hall. Here, heartfelt speeches were delivered and a nine minute moment of silence was held for George Floyd. During this time, many kneeled.

“It feels amazing that all these people care and want to make a difference in the world and they’re willing to do things to make a difference,” Zoe Nonnenacher said.

Prior to the protests, the Duluth Police Department issued a statement that said they would be present at the protest, but wanted to give people space to express themselves. The City Of Duluth also issued a statement saying they expected the protest to be peaceful, but were prepared should that change.

Organizers said they intended for the protest to be peaceful, but made clear that what happened to George Floyd was wrong everywhere.

"Black lives matter. We cannot extrajudicial killings in this country. Police brutality must stop," Wolden said.

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