MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Families of every color came out on Saturday, June 6, to show their support for the Black Lives Matter movement. They gathered together but spread out all over Maplecrest Park with their signs for social distancing. The protesters were so far apart that the people in the front repeated in unison each phrase of Mayor Frank McGehee's address for the people in the back, because the amplification of the microphone did not reach.

The speakers at the rally were "the voices of the people... voices of love and voices of action," McGehee said. "Today is the commencement of a journey we all must take: Black, White, All. Politicians, residents, Americans. The injustice can no longer stand. Hold me, my colleagues, your neighbors, and your friends accountable."

"The future is hopeful, being led by our young people." said Assembly person Mila Jasey. "They have a lot to teach us, and we need to listen — Black, White, everyone."

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Former Gov. Richard Codey attended as well. "I wish the rest of America was like South Orange and Maplewood when it comes to these issues," he told TAPinto SOMA. He said he loved seeing the coming together of "people of all different backgrounds and faiths, a mosaic."

Please enjoy this photo story; most photos by Maplewood resident Carl Patterson.

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