Eyes Open: Puzzle #3

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Welcome to the latest puzzle in my ongoing series, Eyes Open, inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement and other civil rights protests. I have titled this puzzle “First Name Basis.”

My first two puzzles, as well as some of the puzzles I’m working on for the weeks and months ahead, have been focused on educating myself and others.

But as I researched and planned and began work on each idea, I kept encountering news stories. Updates. Trial notes. All about the men and women of color victimized by the police. So I decided to turn my attention for this puzzle to Black and African-American people killed by law enforcement.

You’ll know some of the names in this puzzle. You might know most of them. Many of them were new to me. As I worked on this puzzle, I began to know them on a first-name basis. And I thought you should as well.

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So, as we search for new ways to purge the prejudices and mistakes of the past and embrace a better way going forward, please solve this word search where the first names of nearly 50 victims have been placed.

Once you’re done, read the remaining letters in order for an appropriate message concealed in the grid.

I hope this puzzles to both engage you as a solver and encourage you to learn more about these people on your own. (Here are some of the links I used to get started.)

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[Click this link to download a PDF of this puzzle, which
includes news links for every person included in the puzzle.]

If you have suggestions for more topics for me to cover in future puzzles, please let me know. If you’re a person of color and you’d like to share a puzzle of your own, or to collaborate with me on a puzzle, please let me know.

If you’re a member of the LGBTQ community, and you have ideas, please let me know. If you’re a trans person, or a non-binary individual, and you feel underrepresented in puzzles, please let me know.

I would like this to become something bigger, but hopefully, this is at the very least a start.

Thank you for reading. Thank you for standing up, speaking up, and fighting the good fight.

Support LGBTQIA+ people.
Believe women.
Black lives matter.

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