SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - On Tuesday, June 2, activists and residents held a Black Lives Matter march starting at Crossroads North Middle School from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. Members marched from the school to Kingston Lane and back, and one activist estimated there were 300 people in attendance. Multiple rallies and marches have occurred across the country in reaction to the killing of George Floyd, a black man in Minnesota who was allegedly murdered by a police officer who knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes.
Tormel Pittman was a co-organizer for the march. Members of his family also assisted in organizing the event. Pittman wanted the event to be a total grassroots movement, involving the community at large and inspiring them to speak up.
“Being that there have been a number of protests going on around the country, we decided in South Brunswick to make our voices heard today, and we did it. And we wanted to make sure that it was done peacefully,” Pittman said. “This is the beginning of a new day here in South Brunswick. People are really inspired.”
Pittman’s daughters were involved in the march too. Both of them agreed that this march was a new beginning for the community and hope to inspire leaders to listen to what the people have to say. They also hope that more young people get involved in local politics and make their voices heard.
“I’ve lived here since first grade and I’ve never seen anything like this in South Brunswick,” Ms. Pittman said, “For us to come out and support the black community means so much to me. I really think we made history today.”
Community organizers planned their march in cooperation with the South Brunswick Police Department. The police assisted with traffic control during the duration of the march and posted pictures to their Twitter page.