More than 200 people gathered on Sidmouth seafront yesterday (Saturday, June 20) and took the knee to show solidarity with the Black Lives Mater movement.
The silent, peaceful event was organised on The Esplanade to raise awareness in the community.
Sidmouth residents decided they wanted take positive action to hold an event and raise awareness to the subject of racism…
Black Lives Matter, Sidmouth. Socially distanced households. Peaceful. Friendly. Thoughtful. Dignified. Well done Sidmouth.
Posted by Paul Ryder on Saturday, June 20, 2020
Paul Ryder, one of the organisers, said: “The death of George Floyd and the events that followed sparked reaction around the world.
“Through conversations in local social media groups, a group of Sidmouth residents decided they wanted take positive action to hold an event and raise awareness to the subject of racism.
He added: “Our aim is to show solidarity with the BLM movement, bearing witness, learning, raising awareness and challenging racism. We want to raise awareness in a peaceful way. It’s not party political.”
Marianne Murphy, who initiated the Sidmouth Black Lives Matter (BLM) group, said: “We were mindful of the current Covid-19 restrictions and we asked those attending to wear masks, be socially distanced, silent and kept our distance from the public.”
The Sidmouth BLM group has already attracted more than 150 members of all ages who share thoughts, exchange ideas and learn from one-another.
Organisers hope it will continue to grow and can, over time, ‘have a really positive impact on the wider Sidmouth community’.
For more information, email BLMSidmouth@thewitterings.co.uk.
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