West Orange Black Lives Matter protest

October 24, 2020

Just 6 days after George Floyd was murdered by Minneapolis police officer – Derek Chauvin, and in an effort to raise awareness and amplify the voices of the black and brown members of the West Orange community, Anya Dillard and her peers pulled together to help organize a Black Lives Matter protest. What was meant to be an opportunity for the students and families of West Orange to voice their disappointment with the law enforcement system of America turned into one of the largest protests to ever take place in the West Orange history (garnering an audience of over 3,000 people on the steps of townhall). The rally created such a huge ripple that it caught the attention of West Orange's Mayor Robert Parisi, West Orang native Kyrie Irving, and media publications including Elle and Seventeen Magazine. The group responsibe for organizing later founded The West Orange Youth Caucus as a result of the rally's massive impact on the community. Read more about this iconic event here.

Jun. 06, 2020: Anya Dillard, founder of TNGCU, speaking at West orange Black Lives Matter protest - Recorded by  Jean Pierre Dillard

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Jun. 06, 2020: Community members speak out during a Black Lives Matter protest at the Municipal Building on June 06, 2020 in West Orange, New Jersey - Photograph by Elsa Garrison (IG: @elsagarrison)

Jun. 06, 2020: Source - Scholastic Magazines

Jun. 06, 2020 - Photograph by Elsa Garrison (IG: @elsagarrison)

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Jun. 06, 2020: Youth activist, Marley Dias, speaking - Photograph by Elsa Garrison (IG: @elsagarrison)

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Jun. 06, 2020: Councilwoman Tammy Williams, Jordan Scott Young, and Elizabeth Fernandez on the steps of townhall - Source - Scholastic Magazine

Jun. 06, 2020: Source - Scholastic Magazines

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Jun. 06, 2020: Source - Scholastic Magazines