Youth Lead BLM Protest

Published by Chris Wangler - June 5, 2020.

More than a hundred demonstrators, including many WHS students, gathered at Main and Moody Streets Friday afternoon, amplifying a movement for justice that has swept the nation.

The Waltham BLM Protest from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. was organized by Alison Medeiros, WHS Class of 2020, shown with Waltham Mayor Jeannette McCarthy.

Photo: Peter Lobo


Medeiros and other speakers opposed racism and demanded reforms and justice for victims of police brutality.

Protesters held signs reading “Black Lives Matter,” “Stop Silencing Minorities,” “End Police Brutality” and “Abolish Racism Now.”

At one point, demonstrators laid down for roughly nine minutes―the same amount of time that former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on George Floyd’s neck before he died, inciting outrage nationwide.

Photo: Peter Lobo

WHS students and some faculty participated.

Friday’s protest was the largest of a growing number of Waltham demonstrations held since Floyd’s killing in police custody on Memorial Day.

Photos: Peter Lobo