After reading the names and short biographies of the slain, the mournful airs gave way to determination as the emcees brought forth speakers from the crowd.
One issue kept resurfacing: how to confront and deal with the virulent racism that remains a current in U.S. life.
As Freddie Gray lay dying in Maryland Shock Trauma Center, a group of activists was planning to curb police brutality in Baltimore.
Cleveland police are noted for being among the most brutal and incompetent police forces in the country.
The protests that followed last year's deadly Ferguson police shooting have revealed how local courts are gouging poor people on fines for minor offenses.
Victims of police torture would share $5.5 million, receive an apology and see their story taught in school under a reparations package.
The officers are charged with second-degree murder, manslaughter, and assault.
People know what they see and hear; the protests will continue and grow until justice is served and the people are listened to.
Peaceful demonstrators gathered at a police station in the Windy City last night, giving voice to millions across the country.
No city, town or hamlet can any longer feel immune from the devastating news that, once again, a Black man's life has been taken by the police