Black Lives Matter March Brings Out 'Allies' In Mt. Greenwood

Written by Tim Moran

Mon Jun 15 2020 20:01:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

As a number of counterprotestors lined 111th Street Saturday, many Mount Greenwood residents supported the Black Lives Matter march.

CHICAGO — Protestors marched along 111th Street in the city's Mount Greenwood neighborhood Saturday to promote the Black Lives Matter movement in the wake of the police-related death of George Floyd in Minneapolis last month. Participants have said about 150 people marched between Kedzie Avenue and Cicero Avenue in Mount Greenwood and Oak Lawn.

"It was a beautiful thing," said Dawn Liddicoatt, a Beverly neighborhood artist who participated in the protest. "I am greatly encouraged by the young people leading these anti-racist protests all over the city and all over the country. It gives me some hope for a better future."

The protest was organized by a newly formed group called "Beyond the Borders Chicago." Saturday's event was the group's first organized protest.

The group formed in recent days by Janet Martin and Jennifer Martin, two sisters from Orland Park. It was created under the umbrella of the "Beauty and Brains" non-profit that since 2018 has provided educational resources and networking opportunities to African-American women in college.

The Martin sisters say their goal is to hold marches in areas outside intercity Chicago, specifically in neighborhoods that are predominantly white.

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