Many eyes from northwest Iowa and beyond were on Spencer Thursday evening as protestors gathered and marched peacefully to honor the memory of George Floyd, show support for the Black Lives Matter movement and protest against racism.
Protestor organizers worked with city officials and local law enforcement to ensure the safety of all involved and maintain a peaceful atmosphere.
The event drew media coverage from throughout the region, plus many social media posts from people who were at the event.
Here are some of the highlights.
KTIV, Sioux City
KMEG, Sioux City
News coverage of March for Justice for George Floyd
- Protesters march down Grand for George Floyd, KICD
- “What’s his name? George Floyd!”, Spencer Daily Reporter
- Hundreds peacefully march for justice in Spencer, IA, KTIV
- Hundreds “March For Justice” in honor of George Floyd in Spencer, Iowa, KMEG
- Hundreds march peacefully in Spencer in support of equal justice, ExploreOkoboji.com
- Spencer protest march draws hundreds, remains peaceful, KIWA
- George Floyd protest in Spencer, Iowa, is peaceful, KELO
Instagram users post images, videos
Numerous people posted images and videos to Instagram on Thursday from the March for Justice for George Floyd.
View this post on Instagram
As me being African American myself these past days have really been taking a toll on me. All the videos I’ve been seeing of police officers treating us like we’re nothing makes me sick. All I ask for is peace between blacks and whites✊🏻✊🏿. (And don’t forget we all bleed red) #blacklivesdomatter #nopeacenojustice #georgefloyd
Most posts were from participants, but not all.
Ty Rushing shares his story
Ty Rushing, managing editor for Iowa Information in Sheldon, was one of the speakers at the protest.
Watch his speech below:
Ty documented his time in Spencer on Twitter.
Speaker just said he was one of the first Black people born in Spencer and his dad was the first Black man to move here — in 1989. pic.twitter.com/Ycl0gI97p7— Ty Rushing (@Rushthewriter) June 5, 2020
Rushing will be this week’s guest on Spencer Weekly. Look for the episode Saturday afternoon wherever you listen to podcasts.