'Keep the movement alive:' March with Pride for Black Lives Matter event aims to show solidarity between LGBTQ, Black communities

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MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- Hundreds participated in a rally and march for the second annual March with Pride for Black Lives Matter, an effort aimed to bring attention to marginalized communities and show solidarity between the LGBTQ and Black communities.

The event began with an opening ceremony at the Summerfest Grounds. It's the second year for the rally and march which first began in 2020 following the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor.

Those who attended said seeing the large crowd was encouraging.

"I'm really excited that so many people showed up today," said Monica Hafenbrandl of West Bend.

Drevonte Morse was visiting from Dubuque, Iowa.

"To see all the love and support out here it's definitely something that also brought me out here because I knew it was going to be here," Morse said.

Following the opening ceremony at the Summerfest Grounds, people marched through the Third Ward to Walker's Point and eventually ended at Juneau Park.

"I feel so amazing seeing our community coming out and supporting the cause," lead organizer of the event Montell Ross told CBS 58 in an interview.

Ross hopes people who participated in the event and those who hear about it continue efforts to support marginalized communities.

"Make sure to keep the movement alive," Ross said. "And the movement currently needs to move within systemic change, systemic change with a lot of policies and procedures that affect marginalized populations as well as our black and brown communities."

The event concluded with a community block party at Juneau Park with music, food, drag shows and available COVID-19 vaccines.

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