A Black Lives Matter march was held in Chatham on Friday evening, June 5, 2020.
Chatham-Kent Mayor Darrin Canniff issued a statement following the event.
“It was my family’s privilege to show support for residents taking part in the Black Lives Matter march this evening,” Mayor Canniff said in a statement.
“The lowering of the municipal flag during the marchers’ pause outside the Civic Centre was meant to demonstrate our commitment to the cause of racial equality.”
Mayor canniff added: “We stand in solidarity with the Black community. Our local history as a destination of refuge from those fleeing slavery and oppression, as important as it is, does not make Chatham-Kent immune to the racism that plagues society.”
Mayor Canniff said we can and we must do better.
“The protests around the world show that the time as arrived for everyone to work toward that goal,” he added.
Reports say approximately 500 people took part in the march.
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Here is our previous coverage: Black Lives Matter march taking place in Chatham