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‘We are not OK’

  • Ossian Maddox, 10, of White River Junction, right, and Paci Holliman, 11, of western Vt., left, listen to Ossian's mother Alicia Barrow read the names of 196 members of the black, indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) community killed by whites at a demonstration on the Dartmouth Green in Hanover, Saturday, May 30, 2020. Ossian later spoke to the crowd of his experience borrowing his mother’s phone to call a friend and during the call getting a notification that another black man was killed. As the crowd dispersed after the event Paci’s mother Jaya talked about her son’s fear of attending the rally. “He has to learn to be in spaces where it’s as good as it gets,” she said. “I think this was good for him,” she said about having the opportunity to hear strong black men relate their experiences. (Valley News - James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

  • Vince Wilson spoke to a crowd gathered on the Dartmouth Green in Hanover, N.H., Saturday, May 30, 2020, of going to work in the days after killings of and injustices toward black people and his co-workers acting like nothing was wrong. “We are not OK,” he told the largely white crowd, and said later, “I need you to acknowledge that this is wrong and hold each other accountable.” (Valley News - James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

  • Cybele Merrick, of Lyme, joined over 300 people who gathered on the Dartmouth Green in Hanover, N.H., Saturday, May 30, 2020, and heard the names read in remembrance of people of color killed in acts of white supremacy over a period of about five years in the United States. The event was planned in the wake of the killing George Floyd by Minneapolis Police officers on Monday. (Valley News - James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

Published: 5/31/2020 9:18:52 PM
Modified: 6/1/2020 1:14:22 PM

White River Junction resident Ossian Maddox, 10, spoke at a protest in Hanover on Saturday related to the killing of African Americans and other people of color at the hands of police. An earlier photo caption gave an incorrect last name for Ossian.

 

 




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