Crowds cheered at Union Square as the word leaders The lives of black people are also worth it of Greater New York announced the news on Tuesday afternoon.
“Tonight will be a good night, but tomorrow, we still have to break down the systemic oppression. We still have to get out of the police force tomorrow and break that blue wall of silence, ”Chivona Newsome, told Black Lives Matter Greater NY. “But we’ll dance tonight.”
While Floyd’s murder was a collective consciousness-awakening lightning rod, activists have smashed the pavement for years.
“We’ll keep going until we bring it to Eric Garners and Breonna Taylors… Sean Bell, a lot of people don’t get this night, this night is for them,” said Bishop Al Sharpton.
Sharpton mentioned a growing list of Black men and women killed at the hands of police, some of whom did not have a court date.
“There are many more things I can name and that really hasn’t changed,” said Pastor Dr. Calvin Butts, senior pastor of the Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem.
But for many, this feels different.
“Justice, it seems like a legend so far,” said one protester.
There is a new impetus to tackle the work ahead.
From laws aimed at police accountability to addressing housing disparities, education and the criminal justice system, activists say the fight continues.