LIVE BLOG: Peaceful gatherings in Chesapeake, Portsmouth include prayer and elected officials

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HAMPTON ROADS (WAVY) — Communities across the country continue to hold demonstrations in remembrance of George Floyd and to bring forth awareness of racial injustice amid social unrest.

Hampton Roads residents are gearing up for another round of peaceful demonstrations in Chesapeake for Monday.

Here is the timeline of events in Hampton Roads Monday:

8:20 p.m. — Demonstrators are still gathered at Chesapeake City Hall after at least 1,000 people went on a 2.5-mile march for racial justice.

7:10 p.m. — There are cars lining up waiting to get into the “Park & Pray” event for “Justice, Equality, Healing and Peace” at St. Marks Missionary Baptist Church in Portsmouth.

6:30 p.m. — There is a “Park & Pray” from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at 2714 Frederick Boulevard in Portsmouth. Wearing a mask is mandatory and those attending must remain in their vehicles at all times.

WAVY News 10 Reporter Brett Hall was at the gathering. Click here to read more.

6:30 p.m. — There will be a Black Lives Matter Protest!” from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday at the Williamsburg-James City County Courthouse on Monticello Avenue.

6:15 p.m. — WAVY’s Geena Arevalo reports marchers arrived at Chesapeake City Hall around 6:15 p.m. after walking 2.5 miles.

5:15 p.m. — A group of hundreds of people — if not more than 1,000 — marched through Chesapeake starting around 5 p.m.

4 p.m. Monday, June 8 — Residents begin to gather outside Mount Church off Cedar Road in Chesapeake an hour ahead of the march. The peaceful demonstration was organized by The Chesapeake Coalition of Black Pastors.

Authorities have closed the westbound lanes of Cedar Road ahead of the demonstration.

WAVY News 10’s reporter Geena Arevalo and Chopper 10 was there. Click here to read more.

Friday, June 5 — The City of Chesapeake initially announced the early closures of all City Hall facilities at the Municipal Center following a planned demonstration on Monday, June 8.

Several protests have been planned throughout the week in remembrance of George Floyd and to bring change moving forward.

View the list of planned protests in Hampton Roads HERE.


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