Protesters march in Punta Gorda with public leaders in attendance

Guest speakers at a Black Lives Matter protest in Punta Gorda on Friday highlighted what the black community has faced for generations. Demonstrators said they want to inspire change.

After hearing from several black rights activists, protesters marched from Laishley Park to city hall. There, the group held a moment of silence to honor the lives lost. Then, protesters went back to the park where community members detailed the oppression they’ve experienced.

Among protesters were city and county leaders, including Punta Gorda Police Chief Pam Davis and Charlotte County Sheriff Bill Prummell.

The demonstrators said they’re all marching and will continue to fight for one reason: equality for the black community.

Reporter:Erika Jackson
Writer:Jack Lowenstein
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