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NORMAN — Wearing a long-sleeve black shirt and black pants, Lirey Munoz was burning up walking down Main Street on Tuesday afternoon.

“If you’re uncomfortable, think about how black people feel every day,” Munoz roared into a megaphone as she led a march from the Interstate 35 overpass on Main Street to the Norman Police Department.

The protest was the latest organized around the country in the wake of George Floyd’s death at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer on May 25.

While there have been plenty of young people at rallies, the crowd at Tuesday’s in Norman skewed particularly young.

“Young people are the ones who need to make the change,” Munoz said. “It’s going to be our generation that’s affected by whatever changes older people are making right now. If young people were to vote and vote for their future, we’d be able to do more.”

Munoz, a 16-year-old senior-to-be at Norman High, organized the rally starting on Instagram. She sent out the information to her 100 followers and asked them to spread the message.

The gathering was initially planned to be confined to a sidewalk on the overpass, where protesters held signs and raised fists toward the street.

Most drove by seemingly unfazed by the protest. Some honked in solidarity and raised fists out of their windows. A few made obscene gestures toward the protesters.

Eventually, the announcement was made that the group would walk toward the Norman Police Department, about 2 1/2 miles away.

The gathering was more than 100 strong on the overpass and picked up size as it made its way through Norman.

No traffic was blocked during the protest on the overpass. Norman police stopped traffic along the route as the group made its way up Main Street.

Tuesday protest remained a peaceful gathering throughout. Some speakers — both on the overpass and once the group reached the police station — were emotional.

While there was a police presence along the route, there wasn’t much of a visible presence at the police department.

Norman Police Chief Kevin Foster said he didn’t plan on engaging Tuesday’s group outside of his discussions with organizers about the logistics of the rally.

“I’m letting them do their own dialogue,” Foster said. “I talked the other day. I want to let them have their voice and say what they want to say.”

A few blocks down from where the protest began, Tiffany Fields sat on the back of her car near a line of cars wrapped around Chick-Fil-A.

Fields, a 21-year-old black OU student from Spencer, had several signs with quotes from Malcolm X and Huey P. Newton.

“I don’t ever remember any civil rights movements ever being very nice and sweet and peaceful,” Fields said. “Even when people want to bring up Martin Luther King Jr., they’re all of the sudden catching amnesia to the after-effects of what actually happened — the fire trucks, the hoses.”

She wore a handgun, though it was hardly visible as she held her sign. Fields said she wants to promote a positive image of black gun owners.

Fields wasn’t sure if she would join the organized protest or if she would remain in the parking lot, where she said she’d had several cordial conversations with people driving by.

“I don’t need to wait on someone to rally and protest,” Fields said. “I don’t need to wait on them to all get together. I can get together by myself. I got time today. It’s the summertime and my classes at OU don’t start until the sixth.”

She was at Sunday’s protest in Oklahoma City.

“You can’t keep telling people to be peaceful and be killing people,” Fields said. “Civil rights shouldn’t be an argument.”

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<strong>Protesters lie face down outside the Norman Police Department in response to the death of George Floyd. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]</strong>

Protesters lie face down outside the Norman Police Department in response to the death of George Floyd. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]

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