By Fred Hanson
The Patriot Ledger
MILTON — A few hundred residents of Milton and Mattapan joined together to march across the bridge linking their communities to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the death of George Floyd.
The marchers stayed on the sidewalk as they walked more than a mile from the Parkway United Methodist Church in Milton to Walker Park in Mattapan Tuesday evening. Most then knelt in silence for 8 minutes and 46 seconds, the same amount of time then-Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin knelt on Floyd's neck. Chauvin has been convicted of murder in Floyd's death.
The group sought to send a message of equality, that Black and other people of color must be treated fairly by police and society. And that much work still needs to be done to reach that goal.