By Dan Spalding
WARSAW – A caravan of Black Lives Matter supporters, walking from Milwaukee to Washington D.C., got a boost from local advocates when they passed through Kosciusko County early this week.
The group is led by Frank Nitty II, of Milwaukee, who hopes to arrive in the nation’s capital to coincide with the 57th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous “I Have A Dream” speech on Aug. 28.
Nitty’s march has been documented by major newspapers, including USA Today.
Nitty sports long dreadlocks and often wears a Milwaukee Bucks ballcap and uses Facebook Lve to update their march. He has nearly 81,000 followers, some of whom use the hashtag, #NittyNation.
The caravan, which includes women and children, ran into resistance in Marshall County where they were harassed, accused of looting a local Walmart and then reportedly denied service at a hotel, according to Nitty.
Local BLM supporters heard about the group’s difficulties in Marshall County and began rallying alongside the march for part of the walk on Monday.
Reports of trouble circulated on social media as they ventured through Atwood Monday night along Old Road 30. A video captured around 10 p.m. – after a strong storm passed through the region – shows the caravan moving along the road.
The group stayed at a hotel in Warsaw Monday night before heading east on Tuesday.
People of Change, a relatively new group organized by local BLM supporters, provided fresh supplies and words of support for the marchers.
While the group has run into sporadic opposition in other parts of Indiana, Nitty said in one of the Facebook feeds that their experience in Kosciusko County was the first in which local supporters joined them for a portion of the walk.