Hundreds of “Black Lives Matter” supporters rallied in Boston on Saturday to take a stand and make a statement for racial justice.
A diverse crowd came together in Copley Square, where those gathering shared live music and posted drawings of victims of deadly police shootings to the ground outside Trinity Church.
“People are trying to heal as well as grieve at the same time,” supporter Pooka Jackson said. “It’s a tough time in our community but also our nation.”
The group of largely college students and artists called for investing money in Black communities and for defunding the police, as well as justice in the Kenosha, Wisconsin, police shooting of Jacob Blake, who remains in the hospital.
“This is ridiculous what’s going on in this world right now, man,” said Maurice Eumman, another “Black Lives Matter” supporter.
A Chicago resident, Eumman travelled to Boston for this gathering.
“Jake Blake, man. That’s my friend, man. Close friend, man,” Eumman said. “We got to support these people.”