A peaceful protest against racial injustice is planned for Saturday in Eddyville.
Diane McClure, who lives in Lyon County and runs Ms. D’s Blessed Hands Café in Eddyville, is the organizer. She announced the demonstration in a post and separate video on Facebook.
“I am the mother of an African American male,” read a meme under which details of the protest were listed. “My son matters.”
The 3-minute video was posted Wednesday.
“We’re not gonna have any drama,” she said in the video, “We just want to do a peaceful thing.
"All lives matter. Black lives matter.”
At 5 p.m. Thursday, the video had 34 comments, 13 shares and nearly 600 views. All of the responses and reactions were supportive.
The protest will start at 9 a.m. at Lyon County High School, where Superintendent of Schools Russ Tilford gave McClure permission for demonstrators to park. From there, it will head to the downtown area of the county seat, where a prayer will be held at Eddyville City Park.
“We care about everyone, but at the same time, we care about what happens to us,” McClure said in the video, referring to the lives of blacks.
Some protests across the country, though none in the area, have turned violent in the wake of George Floyd's death. The black man was killed late last month by a white Minneapolis police officer who had his knee on Floyd's neck for almost 9 minutes. But McClure, in both posts, emphasized the rules for the day, encouraging calm and using the word “peaceful” several times.
She has notified both city and county authorities, clearing all the proper channels for a demonstration. Law enforcement will be on hand Saturday morning. Eddyville Police Chief Jaime Green said it is her duty to protect both property and the rights of Americans to peacefully protest.
But neither Green nor Eddyville Mayor John Choat anticipate any problems Saturday, but ask anyone attending the protest to be respectful of others’ rights and property.
In 2004, the Ku Klux Klan held a rally in downtown Eddyville without incident.