A Black Lives Matter protest began at Martin Luther King Jr Memorial Park in Seattle, Wash. on May 1 at 11 a.m. Protesters gathered to hear speeches, listen to spoken word poetry and musical performances from Antonio Bandannas and Militant Child as as well as tell their own stories.
Protester, and former Black Panther Member, Mark Cook said ” We call ourselves African-Americans, yet I do not know anyone who can speak one African language.”
The protesters began their march, accompanied by a police escort to Judkins Park at 1:30 p.m.
They stopped to hear a speech from Marcellus Blackwell, who’s wife died in a California hospital when her defibrillator went off for two and a half days before tearing her heart.
The protesters met up with the march for Workers and Immigrants Rights. As protesters gathered they listened to stories, songs sung by Ruth Soto and speeches including a speech from Seattle Mayor Ed Murray. Murray was “Boo’ed” off the stage moments after beginning his speech.
A Tlingit tribe member, Nahaan, spoke to the protesters and prayed in Lingít.
At 3 p.m. the hundreds of protesters began their annual march through Seattle. The march was lead by Meshika Dancers dressed in elaborate costumes. The protest remained peaceful as they followed their route with Seattle police escorting them on bicycles and redirecting traffic.
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