By Clyde Hughes | AC JosepH Media
ATLANTIC CITY â€“ City councilman Kaleem Shabazz will lead a public vigil for George Floyd at the City Hall Courtyard, 1301 Bacharach Boulevard, at 11 a.m. on Monday, June 29.
Floyd’s death while in custody of the Minneapolis Police Department last month shocked a nation and sparked racial justice and Black Lives Matter rallies across the country. Shabazz said the general public along with local community leaders are welcomes to join in the memorial.
The councilman said there will be a moment of silence of 8 minutes and 46 seconds, the time a police officer was recorded with his knee on Floyd’s throat before he died.
“We are commemorating 30 days since the murder of Mr. Floyd,” said Shabazz, who also serves as president of the NAACP Atlantic City branch. “His moment has become a movement, and we must keep the movement for justice going in a peaceful fashion.”
During the vigil, Marvin Burroughs Jr., an 8-year-old Richmond Elementary School student in Atlantic City, will read a poem focusing on a life as a Black youth. Representatives from the Anti-Defamation League, Atlantic City and Mainland-Pleasantville chapters of the NAACP, Jewish Community Relations Council, Fellowship of Churches, Masjid Muhammad and Masjid Al-Hera have been invited to participate.
“Local leaders across the country believe that ‘Black Lives Matter’ and we must strive for peaceful change,” Shabazz said. “On June 29, we will stand together to underscore those messages.”
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