Duluth girl disqualified from swim meet for wearing 'Black Lives Matter' suit
The girl was reinstated following intervention from the Duluth YMCA and the NAACP
February 8, 2022
DULUTH - Leidy Gellona spent this past Saturday with her mom purchasing iron-on letters, cutting them out and carefully affixing the phrase "Black Lives Matter" to the bathing suit she'd wear during the next day's swim meet.
The 12-year-old Duluth girl, who is Black, was devastated by the news of the death of Amir Locke, who was killed by police Feb. 2 in Minneapolis. The bathing suit statement, said her mother, Sarah Lyons, was her show of support and her way of working through her sadness.
"She was really proud of it," Lyons said.