OWENSBORO, Ky. (WFIE) - A newly formed group in western Kentucky is finding its focus surrounding anti-racism education, advocating for justice and fair legislation.
According to its Facebook page, it also wants to “affirm the humanity of black people.”
The first meeting was held at Owensboro’s Kendall-Perkins Park on Wednesday night.
Their movement is starting to gain momentum.
It is not just community members who showed up. But, also in attendance, were a few people who are running for a local political office, an Owensboro Public Schools board member, a pastor, and the head of the local NAACP chapter.
It was decided that the grassroots group will now go by the name “Owensboro Black Lives Matter,’” but not to be affiliated or under the direction of the global network. Leaders expressed desire to keep a local focus.
Part of their attention is also on gun violence.
In attendance for the meeting was the mother of 15-year-old Corban Henry. He was shot and killed last month near the park where the meeting was held.
Police are still looking for the suspect(s).
”I understand it takes time for an investigation, but in the meanwhile, these kids here are in danger,” Corban’s mother Nancy shared.
”I wonder about these kids every day because you never know what is going to happen,” Desiree Higgs said. ”Tomorrow is not promised.”
The group plans to meet again at the end of the month.
It will take place on be Tuesday, September 29 at 6 p.m.
The location will move to Moreland Park.