Hundreds of protestors seeking change through the Black Lives Matter movement took to the streets again on Sunday.
The Loudoun Chapter of the NAACP led a mile-long march of about 1,000 people in Ashburn on Sunday, from Ashburn Village Plaza and down Gloucester Parkway and Ashburn Road to the historic Ashburn School for the Colored. Along the way, marchers chanted “no justice, no peace, no racist police” and “what’s his name: George Floyd; what’s her name: Breonna Taylor,” among other phrases. Once at the school in Ashburn’s historic local leaders took turns stepping up to the microphone to address the crowd.
Michelle Thomas, the president of the Loudoun NAACP, said Sunday’s event was more than a march—it was part of a broader movement. She said voting this November will be the only way to make the change they’re pushing for. “You better vote like [your] life depends on it,” she said.
Leesburg Town Councilman Ron Campbell, who organized the county’s first “I Can’t Breathe” protest May 31 through his Citizens for a Better Leesburg group, talked about how President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation into effect in 1863 “because black lives matter.”
“Black lives still matter,” he said.
Campbell made note of the death of Rayshard Brooks, who was killed by an Atlanta police officer after grabbing that officer’s TASER on June 12.
“It is unfortunate that we add a new name to that growing list of murders,” he said.
Also in attendance were County Chairwoman Phyllis J. Randall (D-At Large), Commonwealth’s Attorney Buta Biberaj, County Supervisors Sylvia Glass (D-Broad Run) and Mike Turner (D-Ashburn), Del. David Reid (D-32) and Sen. Jennifer Boysko (D-33).