I think covering the Black Lives Matter rally in Manchester earlier this week is an experience I won’t be forgetting anytime soon.
Seeing people of every colour and from a range of communities gathered under one cause was both sobering and inspiring, as was listening to a range of speakers including community leaders, activists and poets give voice to the sense of anger, sorrow and solidarity that had enveloped many who chose to gather beneath the steps of Moss Side’s Alexandra Park on Monday evening.
The rally, organised by a student union leader following the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castille at the hands of police officers in the US last week, turned into a march that progressed from the inner-city South Manchester district of Hulme all the way to St Peter’s Square in the city centre, with those it passed often choosing to join the crowd of demonstrators as they went.
The event was somehow sad and uplifting at the same time. As one marcher put it;-
It feels amazing to be here, and quite emotional too, to know so many people feel the same.
Below are some of the clips I filmed for The Nubian Times both before and during the rally. Take a look, and feel free to share your thoughts and feelings on both the march and the events that have led to it… oh, and be sure to check out the powerful spoken word poem (the last video) that was delivered during the demonstration too…
The young woman below had some sharp insights on some of the wider issues contributing to the racial disadvantages in America.
Sharing some important thoughts on the need for solidarity.
See below for Hafsah Aneela Bashir’s powerful spoken word poem.