BERKELEY HEIGHTS, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — Another peaceful demonstration in New Jersey drew thousands of supporters Sunday.

A peaceful demonstration in Berkeley Heights, New Jersey, drew thousands of supporters on June 7, 2020. (Credit: CBS2)

The crowd marched for two miles through Berkeley Heights and knelt in silence for eighth minutes and 46 seconds, representing the amount of time a police officer had his knee on George Floyd’s neck.

The “March for Black Lives” was organized by local high school graduates as well as the Berkeley Heights Diversity Council.

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Some students say they were overwhelmed by the response.

“It pains me to see what people who look like me go through, and I just feel that everyone can play an active role in combating it,” said Victoria Vanriele, a senior at Governor Livingston High School.

“It means the world to me to see my community come together in a way that I really just didn’t think would happen,” protester Jakada Khalfani said.

The march was originally planned for Memorial Park, but the crowd was so big they had to go to a middle school field.

Meanwhile, Gov. Phil Murphy spent time at protests in Hillside and Westfield.

The governor said he was invited to the march in Westfield by a high school junior who wrote him a letter describing her own experiences with racism.

He tweeted photos, saying, “We will fight to break the chains of inequality and systemic racism.”‘

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