Special News Series: Rising Up For Justice! – Black Lives Matter protest in Oxford to demand reparations

Introduction To This Series:

This post is one installment in an ongoing news series: a “living history” of the current national and international uprising for justice.

Today’s movement descends directly from the many earlier civil rights struggles against repeated injustices and race-based violence, including the killing of unarmed Black people. The posts in this series serve as a timeline of the uprising that began on May 26, 2020, the day after a Minneapolis police officer killed an unarmed Black man, George Floyd, by kneeling on his neck. The viral video of Floyd’s torturous suffocation brought unprecedented national awareness to the ongoing demand to truly make Black Lives Matter in this country.

The posts in this series focus on stories of the particular killings that have spurred the current uprising and on the protests taking place around the USA and across the globe. Sadly, thousands of people have lost their lives to systemic racial, gender, sexuality, judicial, and economic injustice. The few whose names are listed here represent the countless others lost before and since. Likewise, we can report but a few of the countless demonstrations for justice now taking place in our major cities, small towns, and suburbs.

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Black Lives Matter protest in Oxford to demand reparations

CROWDS of activists from Black Lives Matter will gather in the heart of Oxford to call for reparations to be made to African nations and descendants of slaves.

By Gergana Krasteva, Oxford Mail

September 9, 2020

Oxford BLM protester
PA file photo of the Black Lives Matter protest in London.

The march will begin at Manzil Way in Cowley and supporters will head to Bonn Square.

The Oxford branch of Black Lives Matter announced the rally for ‘all people of conscience’ on Facebook earlier this week and wrote: “183 years ago Britain paid £20 million to the plantation owners, but nothing to the enslaved Africans and their children and grandchildren.

“Join us in the fight against imperialism and the global amnesia of the Genocide and Ecocide metered out against people of Afrikan heritage and support their centuries-old demand for reparations…”

The independent community organisation gained popularity in Oxford in June in the wake of the George Floyd movement that swept through America.

Similar ‘repatriation’ marches also took place in London in August on Afrikan Emancipation Day.

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