Bold believes unlikely alliances change the world. In this moment, we stand with Black folks and communities of color in their demands for racial justice and structural reforms.
James Scurlock was 22 years old. He leaves behind a daughter after being shot by a racist bar owner in Omaha on May 30th, as he took to the streets among thousands to proclaim the fundamental fact: Black Lives Matter.
Our nation is grieving the murder of George Floyd. And right here in Nebraska, we are also grieving George’s murder while calling for #JusticeForJames. We are also remembering Zachary BeerHeels, an indigenous man who died in Omaha police custody three years ago this month.
Last week, Bold signed onto a statement of solidarity with the Movement for Black Lives, endorsing their demands, and pledging to engage our supporters to take action to confront the police violence, inequality, and racism plaguing this county. We’re now responding to their call to help mobilize folks for this weekend’s events in D.C. and across the country for Juneteenth — the annual U.S. holiday commemorating the end of slavery, and a day that honors Black freedom and Black resistance, and centers Black people’s unique contribution to the struggle for justice in the U.S.
Turn out for a local Juneteenth event (map) if you’re able. Please wear a mask!
- Lincoln: Juneteenth Rally
Friday, June 19, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Indian Center, 1100 Military Rd., Lincoln
From the organizers: “This is a celebratory and educational event to learn about Black History and the meaning of Juneteenth. *Please refrain from bringing signs*. Cloth masks for children and disposable for adults will be provided for those who come without. Please come with your own if you can.”
- Omaha: Walk to West Omaha #BLM
Saturday, June 20, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Lakeside Hills Park, S 173rd St & Frances St, Omaha (map)
From the organizers: “Black Lives Matter has impacted every state in America and various countries around the world. It is our job to ensure that BLM reaches every part of Omaha. We will be holding a peaceful gathering in order to build awareness and educate others about the injustices going on in our world and community. This event will begin with speakers and end in a prayer before we walk to our destination on 175th and West Center. Waters, masks, and extra posters will be provided. If you wish to make your own posters, we encourage you to do so!“
If you’re not able to join a Juneteenth event in person, you can support these local Black-led organizations with direct donations:
- Black and Pink
- CULXR HOUSE
- North Omaha Neighborhood Alliance (Donate)
- Black Men United
- National Coalition of 100 Black Women-Omaha
- Malcolm X Memorial Foundation
- NAACP Omaha
- NAACP Lincoln
- Empowerment Network
- Clyde Malone Community Center
- The Union for Contemporary Art
- See also: “105+ Black-Owned Business to Support In and Around Omaha“
You can also work to educate yourself and make your support known to friends and family by engaging in conversations about racism and #BlackLivesMatter. Here’s an anti-racism resource for white folks: “The Anti-Racist Starter Pack: 40 TV Series, Documentaries, Movies, TED Talks, and Books to Add to Your List.” And some additional support resources for Black folks.
Thanks for standing with us to say Black Lives Matter.
Jane Kleeb and the Bold team