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Peace, prayer, and protest in Lansing

by Carrie Steinweg

LANSING, Ill. (June 2, 2020) – In 90-degree sunshine on Tuesday afternoon, two families quietly held signs at 178th Street and Burnham Avenue. Drivers-by honked in support, and a young white man pulled up to hand them bottles of water.

The Thomas Family of Lansing and the Stone Family of Park Forest displayed signs with messages regarding the Black Lives Matter movement at 178th Street and Burnham Avenue on Tuesday afternoon. (Photo: Carrie Steinweg)
“Do not fear, we are here to kneel and pray! Come kneel and pray with us! #PrayerandPeace” reads the sign in front. And behind it, another sign reads, “We stand for the young, the old, and the elderly! We are here for the solution, justice, peace, and restoration. So no we won’t fall for injustice, violence, and the brutality of being black in AMERICA!!” (Photo: Carrie Steinweg)
“These are incredible young people!” said Rebecca Meloy, who lives in the area. (Photo: Rebecca Meloy)
“No Justice, No Peace. Let our brothers live. Give our sons a chance to grow,” reads the sign on the right. On the left, the sign declares, “Praying until something happens!!! Come pray with us! Black Lives Matter!!”
The two families set down their signs and take a moment to pray. (Photo: Rebecca Meloy)
Carrie Steinweg
Carrie Steinweg
Carrie Steinweg is a freelance writer, photographer, author, and food and travel blogger who has lived in Lansing for 27 years. She most enjoys writing about food, people, history, and baseball. Her favorite Lansing Journal articles that she has written are: "Lan Oak Lanes attracts film crew," "Why Millennials are choosing Lansing," "Curtis Granderson returns home to give back," "The Cubs, the World Series, fandom, and family," and "Lansing's One Trick Pony Brewery: a craft beer oasis."


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