Student-led Black Lives Matter march on Mercer Island draws hundreds [Photos]

June 19, 2020 | by Erin Sirianni

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One week ago – on Friday, June 12th – hundreds of people on Mercer Island walked 3.5 miles from Islander Middle School on the south end of Mercer Island to Mercerdale Park in downtown in participation of a student-led Black Lives Matter march for racial justice and curriculum reform.

The march included an 8 minute 46 second sit-in at Island Crest Way and 40th Ave SE – the length of time a Minneapolis police officer kneeled on the neck of George Floyd, ultimately killing him.

The march was primarily organized by students with assistance of the Seattle Solidarity, Unity, and Peace (SUP) team. It also included speakers, who were local community members and members of the SUP team, and open-mic discussions in the Mercerdale Park pavilion.

Here’s are links to the videos capturing the message of Juan Esparaza and the message of Caleb McGee.

Learn more about the event by reading this recent article in The MIHS Islander, the Mercer Island High School student newspaper.

Photo courtesy SUP Team

Here is a selection of more photos from the event with contributions from community members and attendees:

Thank you to everyone who contributed photos, including Kevin and Kim Chou, Julie Thuy Underwood, Jay Westerdal, Megan Sykes, Tana Senn, Christine Shafner, and Derrick Peters.