Some 500 people gathered in Lincoln on Thursday to attend the city’s Black Lives Matter protest .
The gathering began at 5pm outside House of Fraser on the High Street, with hundreds quickly in attendance.
Masks, signs and water were made available to protestors before the march took place.
After a call from a megaphone, people began to walk uphill towards the meeting point at Lincoln Cathedral.
Chants of “say his name” in honour of George Floyd, and “Black Lives Matter” rang through the crowd as they marched up Steep Hill.
Steep Hill was chosen by one of the organisers, Leonard Chatonzwa, as “a symbol of our intent to overcome much bigger issues.”
Once everyone arrived at Lincoln Cathedral, a circle was formed for people with a megaphone to share their experiences of racism.
Emotional speeches came from young children, university lecturers and everyone in between, as people from all walks of life had their voices heard.
Rounds of applause and cheers erupted every time another person stepped up to speak.
An eight minute kneel was then arranged to mark the length of time that police officer Derek Chauvin had knelt on George Floyd’s neck.
Lincoln’s BAME and LGBTQ+ community was well represented in the protest.
You can watch our full livestream of the event here:
Live from the Black Lives Matter protest in Lincoln
Posted by The Lincolnite on Thursday, 4 June 2020