WORTHINGTON — The city of Worthington will block off multiple streets this afternoon for what's being promoted as a peace walk.
The following streets will be blocked starting at 5 p.m.: Dover Street on Humiston Avenue; Burlington Avenue on Humiston Avenue and Oxford Street; Grand Avenue on Dover Street and Oxford Street; Omaha Avenue on Dover Street; Clary Street at Smith Avenue; Church Avenue at Clary Street; Marine Avenue at Clary Street (will be open far enough to get into the Worthington High School parking lot); Ray Drive and North Humiston Avenue; Omaha Avenue and Oxford Street; and Marine Avenue and Oxford Street.
"Worthington's Moment for Peace Solidarity March for #GeorgeFloyd & Minneapolis" is scheduled from 4 to 7 p.m. People wishing to participate will be able to park at Worthington High School. Participants will walk to Oxford Street, and organizers will assist with social distancing and having folks line up.
At 5 p.m, the march will begin along Oxford Street toward Casey’s on Omaha Avenue before turning around and heading back to WHS.
"This is their event and I fully support this peaceful protest," Worthington Mayor Mike Kuhle said in a prepared statement Tuesday morning. "Our community needs to support them in this tragic event and times. We as businesses and city leaders should be there to support peaceful activity and promote calmness to their cause. One thing businesses can do is help provide water bottles to the kids. Worthington, we got this."
Among those who plan on attending is District 22B Rep. Rod Hamilton, R-Mountain Lake.
"I had long conversations with many in Worthington today — organizers, elected officials, business leader, including law enforcement," Hamilton wrote Monday night on Facebook. "Everyone is unified around peace and safety. There are additional layers of security measures. The youth and others put a lot of thought into this, and I decided I wanted to join and show my support. "
A Facebook post for the event states community remarks from organizers Aida Simon, Cheniqua Johnson, Jessica Velasco and youth leaders at the high school will conclude the event. It also notes that the event has been planned "by city community leaders in solidarity with City Administrator Steve Robinson, Worthington City Police Chief Troy Appel, Representative Rod Hamilton, and Mike Potter. "