June 3, 2020

Protest is coming to Leesburg

1.1 min read| Published On: June 3rd, 2020|

By James Combs

Protest is coming to Leesburg

1.1 min read| Published On: June 3rd, 2020|

When Kevon Miller heard about the death of George Floyd, he wasn’t too surprised.

“There are many incidents in the U.S. involving police brutality,” says the 20-year-old freelance graphic designer.

Kevon, an African American who resides in Eustis, wants to make Lake Countians aware of what he feels is rampant police brutality against people of color. He is organizing a protest in downtown Leesburg on June 5 from 3-7:30 p.m.

The protest will begin at Leesburg City Hall, 501 W. Meadow St.

He hopes the event draws people of all races and ages who wish to protest racial injustice.

“People are excited to go,” says Kevon, a 2018 graduate of Leesburg High School. “Actually, I’ve received more support from white people about this event than black people. That kind of surprised me, but at the same time it makes me feel hopeful about the future.”

Protestors will congregate in front of City Hall and later move to the Leesburg Police Department parking lot. Kevon has held two meetings with members of the department to ensure the protest is safe.

“The goal is to keep this protest as peaceful, calm and organized as possible,” Kevon says. “We’ve made sure everything is away from busy roads.”

The last thing he wants is rioters to detract from the underlying message.

“I organized this event so we can bring everyone together and stand united in a common cause,” he says. “We should not accept brutality against anyone, and hopefully protests like these will help things start to gradually change.”




About the Author: James Combs

James Combs was a pillar of Akers Media Group since its inception in 2008. Over the years, he had the honor of interviewing Lake & Sumter County's most fascinating personalities, from innovative business owners to heroic war veterans, bringing their incredible stories to life. Throughout his career, James earned over 50 awards for writing excellence, a testament to his talent and dedication. In 2021, he was inducted into the Akers Media Group Hall of Fame. Sadly, James passed away in 2023 after a courageous battle with cancer. His legacy of storytelling and excellence continues to inspire us all.

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