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On 22 July Sheffield hosted their annual inner city music festival Tramlines. However, many different ages, genders and ethnic groups gathered in the city centre for a different reason. For Sheffield’s first Black Lives Matter rally and the turnout was successful and peaceful

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Recently, a wave of Black Lives Matter peaceful protests have merged across the country with large groups of young black people being the centre of these marches demanding change and solidarity after the recent events of black people in the USA also taking a stand a marching demanding that police brutality towards black people changes too.

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Just like many other people across the country going the rallies in Leeds, Birmingham and London; the people of Sheffield highlighted that police brutality does exist in England, people have been killed in the past by police in the UK such as Stephan Lawrence and Mzee Mohammed and that this needs to stop. Institutionalised racism has effected Black British and American people for years now ever since slavery and slowly but surely the young generation of gifted and educated Black people are putting a stop to this, firstly with the police.

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Many speakers also mentioned obvious unfair issues in our society such as immigration difficulty and how hard it is to migrate to England if you are not white, how hard it can be to find a job and even stay in an education system that doesn’t have any faith in you because of the colour of your skin and also how local services in working class communities are cut, effecting many people of colour who live in these communities.

The people of Sheffield put a stamp on the city, making sure their voices were heard through speech, music, numbers, art and solidarity.