By Saya Mueller, Bronxville School rising 10th Grader
Jun. 24, 2020: Thousands turned out for the Bronxville Unity Walk For Black Lives Matter on Saturday, June 20. The walk, which started at 10 am, was organized by Bronxville families. It began at Leonard Morage Square near the train station, continued on Pondfield Road through the village, and ended at Bronxville Village Hall.
People of all ages participated. Young children with their families held handmade signs. Teenagers, adults, and even a few seniors came out to show their support. Friends met up and walked together. Shopkeepers clapped to show their support. People took pictures and videos to capture the moments. Most people wore masks.
One sign held by a young child captured a simple sentiment "Stop Being Mean." There was a "Stop Hate" sign, a "Love Is Love" sign and "Black Lives Matter" signs.
Upon arrival at Village Hall, marchers gathered on the lawns in front of Village Hall and the Bronxville Library to hear the speakers.
Heidi Kapoor, and Jonathan Beer, who were among the event organizers, spoke along with a number of people from the Bronxville and Westchester communities.
One speaker in particular caught my attention. It was Bronxvile school graduate and current Georgetown Law student, Matt Behrens. He was very passionate and talked about how each and every one of us can make a difference by spreading awareness within our own communities. He was very inspiring.
Below is a list of the speakers.
Mary Marvin, Bronxville Mayor
Bishop Derek Owens, GoldenSword International Fellowship Church
Tiffani Chambers, Bronxville resident and mother.
Roy Montesano, Superintendent of The Bronxville School
Annabelle Krause, rising senior, the current Student Faculty Legislature President and President of next year’s Human Rights Coalition.
Ken Jenkins, Westchester Deputy County Executive
Jonathan Alvarez, Founder of 914United
Matt Behrens, Bronxville school graduate, current Georgetown Law student
The event ended with a silent period to mourn and reflect, and a song sung by the congregation of the GoldenSword International Fellowship Church lead by Bishop Owens's son.
In reflecting on the event, Mayor Marvin said, "I thought the spirit of friendship, unity of purpose and desire to act was palpable."
For me, the event really captured what I and I think my peers feel. Every person, no matter the race, nationality, or color of skin, deserves to be treated with respect. The fact that this isn't the case in today's world is simply wrong and needs to be changed. This coming together of all these people in our village shows that many of us feel the same way. This can and will lead to change. Thank goodness.
Photos by A. Warner