Demonstrators showed that black lives matter in Huddersfield – and throughout the world.
The demo in St George’s Square was organised in solidarity with the American Black Lives Matter movement which has grown internationally in the wake of recent shootings of black men by police in the US.
The event, led by local black historian Corrine Bray, featured a series of impassioned, radical speeches addressing tough issues such as institutional and social racism.
In a moving speech Ms Bray spoke about prejudice in British and foreign police forces and how black people should be proud, not ashamed, of their heritage.
She encouraged the people of Huddersfield to forgo large corporations and spend their money in local black-owned businesses and to read the books of black activists such as Malcolm X and Marcus Garvey.
Ms Bray dedicated her speech to anyone who had suffered racial discrimination.
She said: “We are not saying that all lives don’t matter, it’s just that currently it’s like black lives don’t and we are saying today that they do.
“I’ve done this because Leeds, Manchester and Birmingham have had a demonstration and Huddersfield should have one too. We have a massive African and Caribbean community in Huddersfield.”
Corrine added: “In the UK you can’t speak up about racism without being labelled angry and a troublemaker.”
Ms Bray’s speech was followed by the reading of poem by her daughter Umerrah covering prejudice and black pride.
The poem was followed by a speech by Roy Noel, who was active in Huddersfield’s black power movement from the 1960s to the 1990s.
The event included chants of ‘no justice, no peace’ and ‘black lives matter’.
A series of Black Lives Matter demonstrations have been organised in the UK to show support for the families of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, killed by police in the US earlier this month.
Around 2,000 people marched through Manchester and Leeds last week.