Sit-in at Parker Town Hall supports Black Lives Matter

Demonstrators listened, participated in discussion about race

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Dozens gathered at Parker Town Hall July 3 for a protest in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement.

The demonstration, a sit-in and discussion about race, was at least the fourth organized demonstration in support of Black Lives Matter in Parker.

Demonstrators listened to speakers who led a discussion about what it’s like to be Black in America and how to resolve the divide the country currently faces.

Participants of the July 3 protest reported that counter-protesters representing the “All Lives Matter” movement appeared at Town Hall. Though some verbal exchanges between the groups took place, no physical altercation occurred, according to witnesses.

The next day, three Lone Tree teens spent their Independence Day protesting, also in support of the Black Lives Matter movement, saying they hoped to make the point that July 4 does not mark a day of freedom for millions of Americans.

“Independence Day isn’t independent for all; 1776 wasn’t the start of it for the majority of Americans,” said Eileen Kennedy, a Rock Canyon High School student.

Maddie Provost, a recent Rock Canyon graduate, held a sign saying June 19 -- the date of Juneteenth -- should be America’s Independence Day. Juneteenth commemorates June 19, 1865, the date of an order setting free slaves in Texas.

“We wanted to get the message out that not everyone is free right now and that the Fourth of July is mainly a political freedom for white people,” Provost said. “We wanted to come out here and, honestly, just make people think about their own privilege and how ignorance can contribute to the problem.”

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