Peaceful protests on both sides of Red River set for Wednesday

Published: Jun. 30, 2020 at 6:47 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 30, 2020 at 8:32 PM CDT
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SHERMAN, Texas (KXII) - Peaceful protests, part of the Black Lives Matter movement, are planned on both sides of the Red River for Wednesday.

“We’re really just protesting in memory of all of the recent black lives that have been taken unjustly recently so we want to be able to have these marches until this stops,” Serenity Thompson said.

“We’re doing it for Elijah McClain, but not even just him everyone that’s been involved, we haven’t forgotten about George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and everyone who has been a victim of police brutality,” Joshua Shaw said.

Thompson and Shaw are planning a peaceful protest happening Wednesday in Sherman.

It is set to start at 5 p.m. at Fairview Park and will end at the Grayson County courthouse.

They said they have coordinated with Sherman police.

They are also requiring protesters to wear masks as a precaution of COVID-19.

Thompson said she encourages people to bring their own but she bought extra masks for people who don’t have one.

“Unfortunately we won’t allow people to march if they don’t have a mask and it’s not because we don’t want them with us, it’s just for the safety of the community,” Thompson said.

Another protest will happen Wednesday morning at 9 in Durant.

Protesters will be circulating a petition to remove the confederate statue in front of the Bryan County courthouse.

Shaw said he plans to attend both, and is working on a petition to remove the statue in Grayson County.

“Keep this energy, momentum, this is not for clout, this is not a trend, this is not the next Tik Tok things who cares, we’re really out here trying to make a change because it’s possible,” Shaw said.

Cody Boren said he plans to be at the protests as well.

“It’s not just something that’s just already gone and disappeared that we don’t have to deal with anymore it’s something we still have to work on we have to make sure everybody is treated equal because there is still hate,” Boren said.

Thompson also asks people to bring plenty of water to stay hydrated.

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