Many gather in Pikeville to rally for 'public grief'

Published: Jun. 1, 2020 at 5:51 PM EDT
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Another protest was held at Pikeville City Park Monday. However people there are not calling it a protest, instead, they are calling it a rally for public grief.

"We're gonna educate people the best way we can. We're gonna let people know what the meaning of black lives mater. Where gonna let them know who Breonna Taylor was out of Louisville and George Floyd and their lives and what they did," said University of Pikeville Student Body President William Wheeler.

People gathered this evening to share stories, learn about racism, and pray and grieve the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and others.

"Racism is a product of a system to get you to live for this and worship this," said organizer Rob Musick.

The event organizers are asking people to follow social distancing, spread out throughout the park, and bring signs in their support.

Wheeler hopes this ignites the fire in people to want to see a change in this country.

"Black lives do matter but it really starts with white people helping to talk to their racist friends, their racist family that it's time for a change. That's all we're here for. It's time for a change," said Derek White who attended the rally.

Police in Pikeville will be joined the event. They want to stand together with the people.

“We wanna be down there for the people and they have a right to say what they want to say and that’s the way America is based on so we just want to do it peacefully and have a great gathering down there with them and let them get their part done and we’ll go right on with everyday functions," said Chief of Police Chris Edmonds

“White people, in general, should speak up against racism because it's going to happen and if you know someone that’s doing it speak up behind closed doors because we can’t do it ourselves," said Wheeler.

The event lasted two hours. It ended with people walking down Hambley Boulevard chanting "black lives matter."

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