Hundreds gathered at Allderdice High School and in Bloomfield and Fox Chapel borough on June 11, the 13th day of Black Lives Matter protests in Pittsburgh.
Those in attendance carried signs, participated in chants and listened to impassioned speakers who called on the crowds to show solidarity with Black students and residents in the Pittsburgh area along with those who have experienced police brutality.
In Bloomfield, skateboarders convened to honor George Floyd and others taken by police violence.
At one point in their rolling march, they shut down traffic on Bloomfield Bridge and the Black Lives Matter demonstration ended in Friendship Park.
About 500 residents of Fox Chapel gathered for a “kid-friendly peaceful rally” in support of Black Lives Matter at Squaw Park in O’Hara Township on Thursday evening. A helicopter circled overhead and police in yellow vests directed traffic.
Vanessa Lynch, a member of the Fox Chapel Area School District board, vowed that her dedication would not stop after the event.
“I will not engage in platitudes or make excuses for racism,” she said. “I will listen and I will act.”
Bishop Loran Mann, a former Channel 11 anchor whose son graduated from Fox Chapel, compared the current moment to 1967, when he met Martin Luther King Jr. in Pittsburgh. He said that he and other clergy have been talking about whether “this movement could be like so many others, a few days after the protests and rallies are over, the movement will die and again nothing will happen.”
“I am of a different opinion,” he said. “I think [George Floyd’s] death has moved the world almost as much, if not more, than the death of Dr. King because everywhere you look, nations of the Earth, you see people gathering in masses saying, ’Black lives matter” and ‘Enough is enough.’”
Below are more scenes from Thursday’s demonstration at Allderdice:
Below are more scenes from Thursday evening’s demonstration through the Bloomfield area:
Below are more scenes from Thursday evening’s demonstration in Fox Chapel:
—PublicSource reporter Oliver Morrison and freelancers Maranie Rae Staab and Nick Childers contributed to this report.
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