Tom Spence sits with a sign at a table in Crazy Woman Square during the Black Lives Matter Protest on Monday. “I’m a little out of practice on lettering signs,” Spence said. “The first one I lettered was in support of an-racist movement in Boston in 1974.”
Kevin Thomas hugs his daughter Karma, 12, as speakers talked to the crowd on Monday. “I want (my kids) to know that what I’m doing is for their future in order for them to grow and for them to be a better people in society. Justice has to be taken care of,” Thomas said.
Joey Stadler, 6, center, holds hands with her grandma Lonnie Jensen, left, and mother Katrina Jensen at the start of the Black Lives Matters march on Monday. The march started behind the jail, down Fort St., through downtown and to Crazy Woman Square downtown.
Steve Heil holds holds his fist in the air as a passing car cheers with a fist out the window in support on Monday. Heil said he was marching “to support what is right and to defend justice in our country.”
Upon reaching Crazy Woman Square, Black Lives Matter protestors spread out on the stage and in the grass to chant with their signs on Monday. The protest allowed everyone interested a chance to speak to the crowd.
Charlie Falkis lays face down atop a handmade sign on Monday on Crazy Woman Square. “I came out to show support for my fellow humans. I believe that every man is created equal and we all deserve an equal fight in this life,” Falkis said. “I’m a U.S. Air Force veteran. I spent my time in the service fighting for equality for all people. Not just for myself and my family, but for every citizen in the United States of America.”
On Monday, June 15, three recent high school graduates held a Black Lives Matter protest for Buffalo and any community members who were interested in joining. With nearly 100 people in attendance at its peak, the protest wound its way from behind the jail to Crazy Woman Square in downtown. Both protestors and counter protestors attended bearing signs and flags to voice their opinions.