One hundred people lined more than a block of sidewalk in downtown Iowa Falls on Thursday to declare that Black lives matter, and to demand justice and equality for all. The protest – organized by two former Iowa Falls residents and a local pastor – drew attention from counter protesters who staged a demonstration on the opposite corner, passersby who honked, yelled and squealed their tires in support or opposition, and police who sat in their cars at a distance, keeping watch over the activity.
The protest was organized by three people: Iowa Falls-Alden High School graduates Brooke Johnson and Jordan Liekweg, and the Rev. Kendy Miller, pastor at First Congregational United Church of Christ in Iowa Falls. Johnson and Liekweg, who moved away from Iowa after finishing high school in 2011, were back in town this summer and reached out to Miller to help plan a protest.