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Kingston demonstrations highlight the need for change

Kingston demonstrations highlight the need for change

In the late afternoon of last Wednesday, June 3, a large number of people of all races and a spectrum of ages and appearances gathered on Academy Green in Ulster County’s capital city to protest the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25. Estimates of the size of the initial crowd varied from 1500 to 2000, and the marchers and watchers down Broadway after the speeches approached 3000 in number. When everyone took a knee for nine minutes on Broadway in memory of, and in solidarity with, George Floyd, whose death under the knee of a Minneapolis police officer took that amount of time, the crowd stretched from Cedar Street all the way to the new turnabout at Albany Avenue.