After the brutal murders of two men at the hands of police in Louisiana and Minnesota and the horrifying mass murder of five officers and a civilian at a Dallas protest, folks all over the country are organizing and marching against gun violence, police brutality, white supremacy, and institutionalized racism. Here’s a link roundup of what’s happening in the South.
Hundreds (reportedly over 800!) marched peacefully through downtown Columbia from the South Carolina State House to I126.
Allen Wallace, midlandsreporter.com
JaKaila Green, Tyyahnna Collins and Dasia Jones organized and led over a 100 fellow teens in a march through downtown Knoxville.
Lydia X. McCoy, Knoxville New Sentinal
Auburn University students and other Auburn citizens gathered at the university’s Black Student Union in solidarity with nationwide protests and in memoriam of those killed in Louisiana, Minnesota, and Texas.
Chip Brownlee, The Plainsman
The African People’s Socialist Party in St. Petersburg, Florida, led a march of seventy people with fists raised down Martin Luther King Jr. Street.
Claire McNeill, Tampa Bay Times
Ieshia Brown was captured in a breathtaking photo over the weekend. The 28-year-old nurse practitioner had traveled from Pennsylvania to Baton Rouge to protest the murder of Alton Sterling. She was forcefully arrested during a peaceful march.
Elizabeth Koh, Charlotte Observer
Over 400 protesters gathered in Louisville, Kentucky, on Sunday for a “solidarity vigil” organized by the local chapter of Black Lives Matter.
Allison Ross, The Courier-Journal
Some 10,000 protesters rallied in Atlanta on Friday night and have continued gathering each night since. Last night, there were eleven arrests.
Ellen Eldridge, AJC.com
Nearly a thousand protesters supporting Black Lives Matter blocked the I-40 bridge that crosses the Mississippi River into Memphis.
Jody Callahan, The Commercial Appeal
Thousands gathered Sunday in downtown Savannah for a vigil organized by the local chapter of Black Lives Matter. Protesters read poems, scripture, and the many, many names of victims of police violence.
Will Peebles, Savannah Now
Two groups organized in Montgomery, Alabama, to rally for victims of police brutality. One group rallied at the Capitol, while the other group of activists gathered at the site of the killing of Greg Gunn, a black Montgomery citizen shot and killed by a white police officer in February of this year.
Rebecca Burylo, Montgomery Advertiser
At a press conference at Baylor University Medical Center yesterday, 38-year-old mother of four, Shetamia Taylor, shared her harrowing experience
Marina Trahan Martinez, DallasNews
Orlando Police Chief John Mina praised the city’s Black Lives Matter peaceful rally as an important step toward community awareness and understanding.
Christal Hayes, Orlando Sentinel
A groups of sixty protesters gathered in front of the Jackson Police Department on Saturday in an effort to end police brutality. The protest ended with one activist pleading, “Stop Killing Us.”
Bracey Harris, The Clarion-Ledger