BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A Justice for George Floyd event was held in Patterson Park in downtown Baltimore Wednesday afternoon.
Dozens gathered at the park — social distancing and wearing masks — to get and give support to each other during this time of unrest.
Organizers tell WJZ the event is meant to bring about healing for people who are still grappling with Floyd’s death in Minneapolis police custody.
The event had the vibe of a concert in the park, with musicians, visual artists and spoken word performers. Organizers said this is what they envisioned.
“To see people, black, hispanic, white, just coming together for the same reason and fighting for the same thing,” Keishla De Leon said.
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Patapsco High School and Center for the Arts connected the four friends who organized this event. They are either current or former students.
“It’s one of those things where if you just look around, you see how united we are together, and there needs to be a place for people to heal and to express their pain in a positive light,” said Dersha Horrey who graduated from the high school and is now a student at Towson University.
Different groups are here to provide various services.
Organizers say social workers have volunteered their time today.
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Local art was on display and local musicians entertained the crowd – many spread out on picnic blankets around the park.
Educational booths and black-owned businesses were also present. Various groups have come out to provide various services, like yoga.