NEW BRUNSWICK - Terrence Floyd decried gun violence and spoke of unity as the greatest weapon against racism and police misconduct.
Peace and the pursuit of harmony, he said, was at the essence of his brother, George, who died after being pinned to the ground by his neck by a Minneapolis police officer.
About 500 gathered on the steps of the Middlesex County Courthouse to hear Terrence speak Saturday. In his short speech, he thanked organizer Tormel Pittman, gave thanks to the residents of New Brunswick and even paraphrased a rapper, The Notorious B.I.G.
"Biggie said, 'To spread love is the Brooklyn way,'" Floyd said. "I'm going to put a spin on that. To spread love is the Floyd way because that's what my brother was about. If he was here, he would tell you that he loved all of you and I'm going to say the same thing. I love you all. White, Black, Brown - it doesn't matter. If you've got love for me, I got love for you."
Beforehand, the protestors filed in behind protest Pittman as he led the protest as it moved across the city. Using a microphone and an amp, he began the protest with a call-and-response chant. "George!" was answered by "Floyd!" "Trayvon!" was answered by "Martin!"
As the march moved down Livingston Avenue, Pittman led the crowd as it chanted, "Nah nah nah/nah nah nah nah/racism goodbye."
Perhaps the most poignant moment of the march came when Pittman pointed the exact spot where New Brunswick High School security guard Barry Deloatch was shot by a police officer in 2011.
The crowd gave an impassioned cheer for Terrence Floyd.
"He didn't say, 'I don't know anyone in that area,'" Pittman said. "He came out to march with the people."
Pittman has been the organizer and voice of a series of matches through the streets of Brunswick in the wake of George Floyd's death on May 25.
A Minneapolis police officer used his knee to pin Floyd to the ground for 8 minutes, 45 seconds.
The faces in Saturday's crowd were Black and white and brown, young and old, male and female - much like it was last month when Eric Garner's mother, Gwen Carr, spoke on the same spot that Terrence Floyd did Saturday.