What to Know
- The demonstrators assembled in Times Square, marched south to Bryant Park and then to Herald Square before ending in Union Square.
- It ended with demonstrators joining in for the chorus as a man sang Sam Cooke's "A Change is Gonna Come."
- The demonstration marked the fourth consecutive day of protests in New York City.
Demonstrators protesting Sunday against the shootings of black men by police officers used silence, signs and raised fists to make their point, marching through midtown Manhattan without saying anything for long stretches at a time.
The crowd of about several hundred people started in Times Square. Dressed in black, the diverse crowd included two young black children holding placards reading "Black Lives Matter, My Life Matters."
Jashaun Sadler, of Ridgefield Park, New Jersey, brought his 6-year-old twin son and daughter to the demonstration.
"I'm deeply concerned about the state of the world they're growing up in," Sadler said. "It's unspeakable to have to think of them growing up in the world where their skin color could mean the difference between life and death."
The demonstrators started in Times Square, marched south to Bryant Park and then to Herald Square before ending in Union Square, where chants of "Black Lives Matter" reverberated. At each stationary location, speakers gave short speeches, often breaking into tears as they gave voice to their fears of them or their loved ones dying at the hands of police.
Erika Hardaway, 26, told the crowd she couldn't believe her generation had to do the same things her grandparents' generation did. An educator, she said she was speaking out partly because of what a student of hers had texted to her.
"'I'm afraid, I can't sleep because I don't know if I'm next,' Well, I don't know either but I'm going to do all I can to protect you," Hardaway said.
The protest ended with demonstrators joining in for the chorus as a man sang Sam Cooke's "A Change is Gonna Come."
Sunday's demonstration followed others in New York City and around the country in the wake of police shootings of black men in Louisiana and Minnesota.