BLACK LIVES MATTER: Reclaiming Seneca
On Sunday afternoon at 2:00pm on July 5th, people gathered under the shade at Duke Ellington Circle on the corner of 5th Avenue and 110th Street in Manhattan and waited for the leader of the ‘Reclaiming Seneca’ march to begin.
In the organizer’s own words:
I led my own march called “Reclaiming Seneca” to pay homage to the 246 Black people that were killed in their own community for Central Park to be created. I made seven stops to tribute eight lesser known Black lives that have been lost due to police brutality, transphobia, and white supremacy. I personally wrote dedications for Oluwatoyin Salau, Lavena Johnson, Tony McDade, Malik Jackson, Brayla Stone, Elijah McClain, Rekia Boyd, and Breonna Taylor. Although this protest wasn’t as big as others, so many people came out to support my vision. I will be planning more in the very near future, in the hopes of getting you all to understand that all lives can’t matter until Black lives matter, and Black lives cannot matter until Black LGBTQIAP+, Black women, and Black children matter.
Oluwatoyin Ruth Salau (2000-2020)
Lavena Johnson (1985-2005)
Tony McDade (1985-2020)
Brayla Stone (2003-2020)
Elijah McClain (1996-2020)
Rekia Boyd (1989-2012)
Breonna Taylor (1993-2020)