Crowds gathered in Janssen Park this last Sunday in support of the anti-racist group known as ‘Black Lives Matter’. As the mass of over 100 people settled in, several local speakers shared their stories or stories of their loved ones. They spoke about past experiences and about future hopes for our small town of Mena and for Polk County as a whole. The messages where powerful and uplifting as the peaceful protest proceeded into a march around Janssen Park.
After a few laps around the park, the crowd headed to the Polk County Court House where they sat in silence on the court house lawn for 8 min and 46 seconds, to respect and honor George Floyd and others who have passed away.