A group plans a peaceful protest and vigil in honor of recent African-American victims killed by police next Saturday, Oct. 1, at the S.C. State House.
The organizers are not affiliated with the official Black Lives Matter organization, which has a local chapter. But a Facebook page promoting the event uses a “Black Lives Matter” cover photograph.
The protest will be held the week following several nights of sometimes-violent protesting in Charlotte after Keith Lamont Scott was shot to death by a Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer.
“We are tired of this systematic killing of our brothers, sisters, mothers, sons, partners,” the organizers wrote on the event’s Facebook page. “Let us create a space for discussion, grief, gathering, and healing.”
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On Friday afternoon, more than 150 people had indicated on Facebook that they planned to attend the rally, and another 400-plus had responded that they are “interested” in the event.
The State House Department of Administration does not have any reservations for activities on the grounds this Saturday, a spokesperson said.