August 11, 2020

Student-led ‘Black Lives Matter’ Rally in Lyme Draws More Than 120, Including Sen. Blumenthal, State Sen. Needleman

The crowd of around 125 attending the ‘Black Lives Matter’ rally on the Lyme Town Green Sunday sat socially-distanced and wearing masks to listen attentively to the speakers.

LYME — UPDATED 06/18: Around 125 people attended a Black Lives Matter rally in Lyme on Sunday that was organized by local Lyme-Old Lyme High School students Mariame Biume, Sadie Frankel, Connie Pan and Riley Nelson.

Senator Richard Blumenthal (third from left) and State Senator Norm Needleman (D-33rd, fourth from right in) listen to student organizer Riley Nelson speak. Nelson was one of the organizers of the rally along with Connie Pan, who stands at right. The other two student organizers were Mariame Biume and Sadie Frankel.

First Congregational Church of Old Lyme Senior Minister Steve Jungkeit gave the introductory remarks at the event while Senator Richard Blumenthal (D), State Senator Norm Needleman (D- 33rd), State Representative Candidate Dave Rubino (D-23rd) were all in attendance.

At the end of the rally, all the attendees knelt in silence for eight minutes and 46 seconds — the time that a Police Officer knelt on George Floyd’s neck in Minneapolis causing him to expire.

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  1. SUSAN B COLE says

    It was a great event, if the parents of those young people were there they must have been so proud. I know I was. It seems like a good time — certainly a good place — to recognize and repudiate white privilege.

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