The new civil rights movement

MONICA CANNON-GRANT ORGANIZED the largest Boston demonstration to date against police brutality toward blacks, a march that drew tens of thousands of people to Franklin Park earlier this month. Nearly a month after the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, protests across the country have continued — Cannon-Grant is leading another march today to the State House — and  the Roxbury community organizer said on The Codcast that she’s convinced a sustained movement has begun.

“I think this is our civil rights movement,” Cannon-Grant said. “What I’ve been telling people is, I think for black people, we’ve been in a war that we just haven’t shown up to out of exhaustion and PTSD and anxiety and just all the things that we experienced. And I think now we’re like enough is enough.”

Rev. Jeffrey Brown, an associate pastor at the Historic Twelfth Baptist Church in Roxbury and a veteran of clergy anti-violence efforts of the 1990s, called it “the monumental moment of our times.” Just as his parents and grandparents faced similar tests, he said, “we’re at a decision right now as to whether or not we’re going to rise to make our world better for our children or leave the world in a worse condition.”

But how to get that better world — and what it would look like — is still something very much in flux in the nascent movement for change.