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Black Lives Matter advocates ’in tears’ after guilty verdicts in George Floyd death

Amara Andrews, vice president of the board of the Advocates for Social Justice and a Cedar Rapids mayoral candidate, said she was “so emotional and in tears over a correct verdict” when it came down Tuesday afternoon.

“There was so much doubt,” Andrews said. “It’s the verdict that is right, but we’re so emotional over it because for so long we haven’t seen justice served for people — Black and brown men in particular — who have been killed at the hands of police officers.”

If elected, Amara will be the first African American woman to hold the position of mayor in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Amara has long had a focus on diversity, equity and inclusion. She currently serves as the VP of the board for Advocates for Social Justice, President of the Board for the Academy for Scholastic and Personal Success, and is leading EDI&E efforts at TrueNorth Companies. Recently she played a leadership role in getting the ordinance created for the Citizens Review Board in Cedar Rapids,

Read the full article published by The Gazette here.

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