The better part of 100 people set off on foot from Roop’s Fort on a Black Lives Matter March a little after noon Saturday, June 6. They marched along Main Street from Weatherlow Street to N. Fairfield and back to Roop’s Fort as many passing drivers honked their horns in support. According to a statement from the Lassen County Democratic Party, quoting NPR, “The rate at which black Americans are killed by police is more than twice as high as the rate for white Americans.” Photos submitted

Lassen County residents march to affirm Black Lives Matter

Peaceful Black Lives Matter marchers cross Ash Street during Saturday’s march. Susanville joined cities big and small all across the United States and around the world for Saturday’s event, sparked by the death of George Floyd in police custody last month. “Please join us for a peaceful protest in honor of George Floyd and in support of the greater Black Lives Matter movement,” the Lassen County Democratic Party announced in an email.

 

Chuck Miles — the son of Zellamae Miles, a beloved community member and great granddaughter of Susanville’s founder Isaac Roop — carries a sign honoring his late mother, asking people to live as she did. After her death, Christine Johnson said, “Zellamae was my P.E.O. sister; I honor her memory and more important than honoring her memory, I strive to just use her as a role model. She was an amazing, accepting woman, and she was always interested in others.”

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