In a show of solidarity against racial injustice, Springfield locals gathered at the future site of the Bransford Community Center on Saturday, June 27.
The Black Lives Matter Peace Rally was initially delayed by rain, but the community was undeterred by the set back. Once the rain cleared, more than 150 people had come together to support the black community in their fight for justice.
People of all races, occupations, ages and gender showed up to enjoy food, concessions and music as a community.
First-time volunteers Penny and Bill Papageys passed out voter registrations and offered information on where to turn it in. The couple expressed their pleasure at having the opportunity to be more involved with the community.
Rally organizers Quintesha Crockett and Clarissa Gardner had local government and police as motivational speakers. Alderman Bobby Trotter, former coach Greg Bell and Corp. Sheika Taylor each addressed the issues within their occupations and how they chose to respond to them.
“Black lives matter. It bothers me that we have some bad police officers that are doing some things that they actually should know better than to do, but it bothers me even more that we have a lot black on black crime,” Trotter said. “That really bothers me a lot.
“All lives can matter, and all lives do matter, but we shouldn’t be taking another’s life.”
Taylor, who works for the sheriff’s office, encouraged the crowd not to judge others by the actions of a few.
“In this community when you see Robertson County Sheriff’s office or law enforcement, don’t judge police just by one of the people (who) did something horrible,” Taylor said. “Don’t judge all black people by one of the people who made a poor choice.
“Let’s work together to change history right now and give our youth an opportunity to be something amazing.”
While a rally walk was planned, the rain prompted the group to reschedule that portion of the event. A new date will be announced for all who are interested in participating.