Black in Boone, a grassroots group of concerned black citizens of the High Country, coordinated a rally and march this past Saturday. The “Show up for Charlotte, Show up for Boone” rally began at 9 a.m. at the Town Hall on King Street.
After speeches by some of the organizers, a moment of silence and prayer for victims of violence, the group along with its supporting allies marched through campus, ending at The Rock. The group’s goals included standing in solidarity with #Charlotteuprising in addition to voicing concerns about racial justice here in our hometown and spearheading the process of creating capacity, support, and prosperity for all black folks in Boone.
Black In Boone has created a Facebook page and is continuing the process of formalizing its leadership structure in order to be facilitate discussions and initiatives to address issues of structural racism and its impact here in the High Country. Saturday’s rally marked the first of those conversations as they had the opportunity to sit with local law enforcement and share common goals for the day and for working together in the future.
See two photos from the day as well as a link to a speech given:
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