Black Lives Matter members march to North Charleston City Hall, demand to see mayor

Updated: Jul. 3, 2020 at 2:51 PM EDT
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CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - Members of Black Lives Matter marched to North Charleston City Hall Friday afternoon, demanding to see Mayor Keith Summey and city council members.

The march began around 1:30 p.m. at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center and continued down Montague Avenue to city hall.

There the group of about 19 people shouted on megaphones for the mayor to come outside to see them.

Members of the organization also called for reforms in the police department.

One of the organization’s leaders says they have made some progress on some issues.

“Tops was getting rid of the Calhoun statue. We’re in the process of getting a mural painted for Black Lives Matter,” said Tate Hansen with Black Lives Matter.”Those are all kind of surface things though.”

Friday was a city holiday in North Charleston.

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On Saturday, the group plans a rally from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Hampton Park.

The purpose of the rally, according to a social media post, is to call for economic and criminal justice reform.

Among the items they plan to address, the posts states, are affordable housing, real estate projects controlled by people of color, an independent police audit of all departments, infrastructure improvements to sidewalks and drainage and youth programs and green space enhancements for recreation.

Saturday’s rally is being hosted by the Black Leadership Coalition including Black Lives Matter Charleston and is expected to include Rep. Marvin Pendarvis and Rep. J.A. Moore and other elected officials and faith based organizations.

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