Hundreds of people packed out the streets of Beaconsfield to take part in a Black Lives Matter march.

People of all ages and colours peacefully protested against racial injustice following George Floyd’s death on May 25 when Derek Chauvin, a white police officer, knelt on the African-American’s neck for nearly eight minutes in Minneapolis.

The death of Floyd has sparked several protests and riots across the US and the world.

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The Beaconsfield march was organised by Marlow resident Rhiannon Scott and took place on June 25 – the one-month anniversary of Floyd’s death.

Starting at the Town Hall Council Green, those who took part marched peacefully in the New Town to the war memorial by Saint Mary’s Church Green, to the Old Town.

Kelly Messias, who lives in Beaconsfield: “When I saw everyone walking up to the Old Town I burst into tears.”

Upon arrival, there were several speeches.

More than 200 people attended the protest on June 25

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The Anglican team rector, Reverend Jeremy Brooks, welcomed everyone and introduced local mother and businesswoman Alison Howman, who shared her memories of growing up in mixed-race family.

Mr John Fletcher, the headmaster of the local Beaconsfield Secondary School, then urged the crowd to reconsider any friendships they had with people who voiced racist views.

Sahar Mulji, head girl of Beaconsfield High School, then read a poem called ‘Black Massacre’

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Finally, Reverend Jeremy read a prayer written by Asian priest Raj Bharath Patta entitled, ‘Every Knee Shall Bow’.

Alison Howman said: “With so many children in attendance, there is hope that they will grow up in a world where people, ‘will not be judged by the colour of their skin but by the content of their character’ as Dr Martin Luther King Jr put it.

“Beaconsfield is a wealthy town with many successful white-collar workers; no doubt its children will follow in their parents’ footsteps.

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“The hope is that when they turn into the budding lawyers, accountants, teachers, and consultants of the future they will say no to racism with seeds planted at this event when they joined their friends on this peaceful, thoughtful Beaconsfield march.”