The local leg of a nationwide #BlackLivesMatter movement continued Saturday (June 6) in the village of Homer.
Several hundred gathered outside Durkee Park to hear what local activists had to say before marching through downtown Homer to the village green.
Organizer Reed Cleland is a Homer HS student and said putting the event together was difficult, but worthwhile.
“This is important for the village of Homer because we are a small rural area and one of the whitest regions in New York State,” Cleland said. “The local BLM group was great to work with in order make sure this thing happened.”
The latest census from 2000 showed just under 98% of Homer’s population to be white.
Steve Williams, a black man, is a resident of the village today and spoke about how much this event meant to him.
“The turnout is honestly great,” Williams said. “Being a black man, it means a lot to see everyone here: Different colors, shapes and creeds all with the same agenda of equalizing everyone’s lives.”
Demonstrations continued until around 2 pm and altogether things were kept peaceful.
See WXHC footage from the event below: