Demonstrators march on West Side in honor of George Floyd, MLK

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CHICAGO — A march to remember George Floyd’s life and draw attention to racism, disparities and injustice, was held on the West Side Friday. 

The event was called the “Spirit of King March.”  

Faith leaders and lawmakers joined community members for the march that stepped off at noon near Independence Boulevard.

Demonstrators marched down Independence Boulevard to 15th Street and Hamlin Avenue to the former home of the late Civil Rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The crowd also went to the historic Stone Temple Baptist Church, where King regularly convened with advisors

The demonstrators called for economic investment, police reform and de-funding, and better-quality health care.

Pastor Michael Eaddy of Peoples Church of the Harvest was one of the organizers.

“We want economic investment on the West Side,” he said.

Some in the crowd also took a knee for 8 minutes and 46 seconds, the amount of time a Minneapolis police officer pinned fFoyd to the pavement costing him his life.

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