Retirees Support Black Lives Matter Protesters While Social Distancing

Retirees at the Asbury Methodist Village in Gaithersburg came out to show support for Black Lives Matter protesters on Sunday.

The retirement community is across the street from Lakeforest Mall, where Sunday’s protest began. As people marched down the street, these older residents came as far as the perimeter fence with signs like “reform policing” and “Black Lives Matter.” Protesters passing by thanked them.

The community sits on a hill much higher than the street, and residents at the top held letters to spell out “BLACK LIVES MATTER.” Although large gatherings like protests are occurring, the COVID-19 pandemic is ongoing. The virus is more deadly to older residents, and long-term care facilities have proven to be hotspots for the illness. Protesting within retirement home boundaries is no doubt a safer way for these senior citizens to show support, while also avoiding physical strain.

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Maryam Shahzad

About Maryam Shahzad

Maryam is a reporter with Montgomery Community Media. She graduated from the University of Maryland in December with a bachelor's degree in broadcast journalism. Previously, she was an intern with MCM. Maryam loves visual media and always says the movie is better than the book. She can be reached at mshahzad@mymcmedia.org or on Twitter @maryam_mcm.

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