SNELLVILLE — More than 500 engaged protestors marched from First Baptist Church Snellville to the Towne Green Wednesday calling for racial equality following the death of George Floyd.
The event was organized by South Gwinnett High School students and recent graduates, led by Carrick Henry, who worked with city officials including Councilmembers Cristy Lenski and Solange Destang and the Snellville Police Department to keep the event safe, organized and peaceful.
“We are very proud of these young people and their commitment to raising awareness about critical issues affecting our society,” City Manager Butch Sanders said. “Snellville celebrates its diverse community and we are going to work to keep our neighbors together and continue to support minority-owned businesses.”
The event featured speeches from students and others including Gwinnett County School Board Member Everton Blair and SGHS Principal Dorothy Jarrett and was capped off when Mayor Barbara Bender and City Council presented the event organizers with a resolution condemning racism.
Mayor and Council unanimously approved the resolution Monday night.
Bender encouraged those at the rally to stay involved in the community and come to the City with any concerns or issues.
“I would really encourage you all to be involved,” Bender said. “My door is always open. If you’d like to come in and talk, I’d love to have a conversation with you.”
A link to the photos taken at the event can be found here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/qefqw93xa20425c/AABClyL5MSyL67BLnvkZIROka?dl=0