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Herts Black Lives Matter have a Socially distanced showcase in Hartham

Written by on 18th June 2020

On Wednesday the 17th of June between 4pm and 6 there was a socially distanced ‘Showcase of black talent’ in Hartham Common. There was a lot of support from the Hertford and local community.

There was many powerful speeches at this event, including one from Mark who said: “Marvin Gaye asked ‘whats going on’ in 1971 yet here we are still asking the same question.”

Hundreds gathered in Hartham Park to show support

Joe a resident of Hertford said that he found the experience of the event very ‘educating’ and many people realised that they don’t feel they have been educated enough at school on black history. Another resident added that this event was “very different to the Hoddesdon protest” which was arranged by the same organisers.

Josh Dean, a campaigner for the Stortford against Rhodes campaign begged the public to “write to their local MP” and request that the exportation of riot gear to the US from the UK was to stop and proclaimed that the Cecil Rhodes Arts centre in Bishop Stortford should be renamed.

Everyone at the event kneeled for an 8 minute and 46 second silence in honour of George Floyd, a black man who died at the hands of a white US police officer who knelt on his neck for this amount of time.

Overall the organisers were thrilled with the turnout of the event. One of them said that she was ‘so happy’ that the rain that morning didn’t put people off.


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