Inspired by the Black Lives Matter protests and a local activist, Ciera Cox from Fridays for Future Tavernier, a small but dedicated group of women and men have been showing up every Friday at the Murray E, Nelson Center in Key Largo from 5 to 6 p.m. Keys To Peace, a local peacemaking organization, is also part of this effort. We mask up and hold signs in support of racial justice because, as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said, “ Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

Two weeks ago, a young man came by and asked why we were standing out in the hot sun. He thought we might be selling something. Surprised to find out the reason we were there, he said, “I thought that was over!” One of the women assured him that “it” is not over and much work must still be done to dismantle racism in our country.

This past Friday a car pulled off the road and a woman jumped out. She told us she had just bought a home in Key Largo and was surprised and proud to see a Black Lives Matter protest in her new hometown. She wanted to take pictures to send to her friends.

We have a responsibility to confront racial injustice in our country. Joining the local BLM protests on Fridays is a good start. We can also make the effort to locate and support our local black-owned businesses.

If you want to learn more about systemic racism, contact info@keystopeace.org to request a resource guide listing articles, books, videos, movies, etc. You may also request a Black Lives Matter sign for your yard or business. A donation of $5 is appreciated, but not necessary. Additionally, Keys To Peace will sponsor a racial justice study group beginning in November.

Please join us for an hour on Friday evenings from 5 to 6 p.m. Mask up, bring a sign and be an advocate for Black Lives Matter.

Susan Anderson

Betsy Baste

Denise Downing

Key Largo/Islamorada

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