NYC children, families rally in Brooklyn in support of George Floyd and racial equality

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Children and their families gathered at Barclays Center June 9, 2020 to show support for George Floyd and racial equality.

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BROOKLYN — Several hundred children and their parents rallied in Brooklyn Tuesday to show support for George Floyd and racial equality this week.

One Brooklyn mother started a local moms’ movement that has gained momentum.

Maebel Gebremedhin, is a mother of three boys, and a successful music manager. Now, she has added a new role: activist.

“When George Floyd called for his mother, I heard my children. I heard my sons. It broke my heart. I really wanted them to know there are other moms who heard his cries,” said Gebremedhin.

Gebremedhin turned that pain into action, and organized The Children’s March outside the Barclays Center.

Hundreds of families came with their kids of all ages. There was a clear simple message of unity against racism.

Gebremedhin said it was tough to organize, at first. She reached out to ten different local community organizations to help. No one responded, except for 20-year-old Kiara Williams, the leader of a non-profit called The Warriors in the Garden.

Williams helped get the word out on social media.

The group is planning another march in Midtown on Saturday, and hopes to hold weekly events.

The protests and rallies come after the death of George Floyd, who died in police custody in Minneapolis on Memorial Day. His death has since sparked nationwide calls to end police brutality.

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