Over 720 people filled Delhi’s Courthouse Square and lined the town’s Main Street on June 6 in a sometimes somber, sometimes vocal protest and “living monument” to honor Black lives.
The protest was one of hundreds across the country and world following the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25. Floyd’s death came just weeks after the killings of Breonna Taylor in Louisville and Ahmaud Arbery in Brunswick Georgia.
“We’re here as a monument to Black lives and we’re here to mourn,” Christina Hunt Wood, an event organizer, told the crowd. “But we must also be here to take an oath that we will do the uncomfortable work of looking racism straight in the eye…that we’ll reflect on our own participation within a system built around white supremacy.”
After the speeches, a song and a poem, protesters spread out along both sides of Main Street, holding signs and cheering to the frequent honks of passing cars. Their line spanned nearly half a mile.