On the evening of Sunday, May 31, Wilmer Park in Chestertown was filled with social distanced supporters of the Black Lives Matter movement — lighting candles and standing in solidarity with George Floyd and his family, and all black Americans murdered by police.

The vigil was supported by the Social Action Committee for Racial Justice, a “member based, community driven organization that elevates community voice and values the lived experience as much as professional and educational experience” said the committee’s co-chair, Arlene Lee.

In the slide show below, Lee speaks about the work of the Committee over the next 100 days to educate about how to confront racism and end police brutality.

There are a few more ways to show support for the Black Lives Matter movement in Chestertown this week.

On Friday, June 5 at 7:00 p.m, a group will meet in Fountain Park to walk from there to Calvert Heights.

On Sunday, June 7 at 11:00 a.m, The Coalition for Anton Black will gather for a peaceful protest called Change the Narrative in support of Anton Black, a 19-year old black man who died in 2018 at the hands of police officer Thomas Webster in Greensboro, Maryland in 2018.  

The Committee is mostly active in their Facebook Group, and have an email list of 260 active members. In-person meetings have been suspended until further notice due to COVID-19.

Susie Fordi is a Chestertown local and college student in New York City. As a journalism major, she works for her school paper The New School Free Press. Typically, she’s a summer camp counselor at Camp Tockwogh, but this year you’ll see her riding her bike around town with a camera and notebook. She is the Summer 2020 Kent Pilot Journalism Fellow and contributes to journalistic photography, writing, audio, and expanding our social media.