JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (WJHL) — The New Generation Freedom Fighters announced in a Facebook post Saturday morning that the group will host a ‘March on Carver’ at 6 p.m. Saturday.
Voter registration along with petitions were available for people to sign.
The New Generation Freedom Fighters have hosted several events throughout the week in response to George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
A handful of city officials participated in Saturday evening’s event, including Johnson City Mayor Jenny Brock and Johnson City Police Chief Karl Turner.
“When we did our walk on Tuesday night, it was just an amazing experience for me, and I wanted to come back out tonight,” Brock said. “I’m so proud of this group. They’ve kind of renamed themselves the New Generation Freedom Fighters, and what they are doing is the right way to do this.”
Marchers chanted along the way to Carver Park, but upon reaching the park, the peaceful protesters took a moment of silence for 8 minutes and 43 seconds to honor George Floyd’s death.
One of the event organizers, Andre Johnson, emphasized the importance of city officials and community members remaining united.
“The big picture is solidarity; at the end of the day we just want solidarity,” Johnson said. “We want the police to be able to police and do their job correctly. It’s not us against the police.
“At the end of the day it’s all about one common ground.”
Many people were on the ground kneeling and had their fist raised high to support the Black Lives Matter Movement.
Organizers chose the Carver Park march destination for historical purposes, according to another event leader Alona Norwood, and the protesters avoided chanting too loudly to respect community members.
“It’s a historically black community, and so initially a protest is really loud and we’re proud about that, but some of the community members in Carver of color reached out to us and were like, ‘You know, we’re worried about disruption in the community,'” Norwood said. “So, as leaders, we decided to pay them respect.
The New Generation Freedom Fighters have another event scheduled for Sunday at Founders Park at 6 p.m.
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