Lambert said he worked with a network of different organizations to organize the protest.
About 40 people attended the beginning of the protest in Courthouse Square, which mostly consisted of speeches and discussion.
Ari Divine, said the day was about honoring the people and lives that have been lost.
She added the day felt like the same day 12 months ago.
“Very little has been done,” Divine said. “It’s a day of honor though, honoring the lives we have lost to the movement. And just really acknowledging their sacrifices, their families’ sacrifices.”
Kathy Yohn, of Germantown, spoke at the protest and said she was “trying to do the work and trying to learn.”
“I’m just here as someone who wants to see more coalition building, more people turning out, more people holding on to hope, whether that be in a higher power or in the ethics of this, or just in the hope that we will progress,” Yohn said. “We will progress. We will prevail.”
One speaker, Talis X, said both the past and the future are important in this fight. Teaching the children is important, he said.
“To fix the future, you must work on the children,” he said.
He said the movement must be “uncompromising.”
“Don’t tell me to forget my history, because my history is where my power is,” he said. “My power is in my ancestors. My power is in my history. I can’t forget it.”
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