Ellie Naeger feared that in a town 95.8 percent white, with only 1.6 percent of its population African American, it might be easy for the citizens to forget that “Black Lives Matter.”
That led her to help plan and organize a Black Lives Matter (BLM) protest along Highway 61 on Sunday, which was also her 17th birthday.
The event was part of a nation-wide backlash to a video showing the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man in Minnesota, as one policeman held his knee on the back of the man’s neck for several minutes and three other officers watched.
More than three dozen people, ranging from high school students and parents to some former elected officials, braved nearly 90-degree heat and coronavirus worries, to spend some 2 1/2 hours standing along the highway’s intersection with Highway 32, holding signs and occasionally chanting.
See complete in the June 10 edition of the Herald.