CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) — Another demonstration in the wake of George Floyd’s death — this time accompanied by house music and a “George Floyd slide”— took place downtown Saturday with at least 100 protesters practicing social distance and wearing masks.
The 1 House, 1 City March House Music March started at 1400 S. Michigan Ave. at about 3 p.m. and proceeded up Michigan Avenue to Buckingham Fountain for a moment of silence and then a dance routine in honor of Floyd.
Delece Williams, one of the organizers who is also the vice president of the Chicago International House Music Museum & Hall Of Fame, spoke on Facebook Live to share march updates and said it was also a means of celebrating unity.
“This is all in fun, and it’s all in the spirit of George Floyd and bringing unity to our communities and the City of Chicago. One house, one city,” Williams said.
Williams also said on Facebook that “protests are the new way of partying,” stressing the demonstration should have a festive, peaceful atmosphere. Similar house-themed music protests have taken place across the nation.
The march was also organized by Farley Jackmaster Funk, a DJ and minister who led the crowd by chanting, “No more knees to the neck” and “Get your knee off our neck,” to beats coming from loudspeakers and the participating car caravan.
Last weekend Chicago Police virtually closed off downtown Chicago over concerns that protests could lead to violence or looting similar to what happened in Chicago, and many other cities, two weeks ago. However, there have been only peaceful protests in the last two weeks all across the city.
Williams said the group had tried to organize a house music march since in the last two weeks but kept getting denied from the city due to safety issues and downtown being closed. Today was their lucky day, though.
“I am so excited, God is so good. (Jackmaster Funk) finally got a yes to come down here and do something,” she said.