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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 NAACP

Classie Dudley, left, posed with Leidy Gellona at a Duluth YMCA swim meet in Superior, Wis., on Sunday, where Gallona was disqualified for wearing a swimsuit labeled "Black Lives Matter."

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.

https://www.startribune.com/duluth-girl-disqualified-from-swim-meet-for-wearing-black-lives-matter-suit/600144165/

 

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