A white man in Kalamazoo is braving the intense heat to send a message and to raise money for Black Lives Matter.

A lot of white people around the country want to help the Black Lives Matter cause in light of recent police brutality videos but aren't sure how.  One Kalamazoo man decided to do what does best, raise money while riding his bike.  In fact, on the day that George Floyd was buried (June 9th,) Greg Jasperse rode his bike from Kalamazoo to South Haven (46 miles) with a picture of Floyd on his handle bars.  That's the beginning of Jasperse's mission to ride his bicycle 1,000 miles to honor victims of police brutality according to WWMT,

Jasperse has a passion for raising money during his rides. By June 21, he had raised more than $6,000, with a goal of $10,000. He said the money would go to the NAACP legal defense fund, a partner of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Here are his other rides so far this month:

  • 26 miles for Breonna Taylor, June 11, 2020.
  • 11 miles for Carol Denise McNair, June 13, 2020
  • 30 miles for Gregory Milton, June 14, 2020
  • 22 miles for John Crawford, June 14, 2020
  • 38 miles for Tony McDade, June 16, 2020
  • 25 miles in honor of the 250,000 slaves that were freed 155 years ago on June 19, 1865

Meanwhile, the Juneteenth Celebration took place over the weekend as people painted Black Lives Matter messages on Rose street and with sidewalk chalk on the nearby sidewalks.  Check out the photos below.

Juneteenth - BLM Kalamazoo

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