WESTFIELD, NJ — A peaceful protest walk against systematic racism is planned to end in Westfield on Thursday.
The march, beginning at 2 p.m., will start at Park Middle School in Scotch Plains, go south along Park Ave. and onto Martine Avenue in Fanwood, turn left on North Avenue. and end at the Westfield train station, organizers said.
The protest was organized and promoted by Megan Troutman, a Westfield resident who recently graduated from Vanderbilt University. Troutman posted the information below in the Westfield, NJ group on Facebook.
“We are organizing a PEACEFUL MARCH that will be walking between Westfield/Scotch Plains/Fanwood in order to stand in solidarity with our black brothers and sisters against systemic racism," Troutman wrote.
It is among a series of demonstrations that have occurred across the region following the killing of George Floyd — a black man, who died at the hands of police in Minneapolis.
Trouman stressed the need for social distancing during the walk and asked participants to wear masks.
“My goal is to amplify my friends’ voices and stand with them, so I hope you consider joining us!:)," she wrote.
The post was met with mostly positive feedback from members of the Westfield, NJ group. However, support was not unanimous.
Scotch Plains Township and Fanwood Borough officials said they were aware of the planned protest for Thursday.
A separate Black Lives Matter protest is planned for Sunday in Mindowaskin Park.
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