JOHNSON CITY, TN (WJHL) – Saturday night, around 100 people lined the sidewalk of a busy intersection in Johnson City for a Black Lives Matter rally. Our crews were there as members of the Tri-Cities Black Lives Matter movement, like Brianne Murray, said they were coming together for a common cause.
“It’s not that no other race matters, we are just saying we are the ones under fire right now,” Brianne Murray said.
On Friday, organizers Michelle Horton and Whitney Prater told News Channel 11 they selected West Market Street in front of Chick-Fil-A because they wanted to send a message to the restaurant chain.
They said they do not agree with Chick-Fil-A openly supporting the Blue Lives Matter movement.
“We want to raise awareness especially with the blue lives matter campaign, which was a way to silence the black lives matter movement. That is one of the reasons that we chose to have it at Chick-Fil-A. We are not targeting that Chick-Fil-A specifically. The national Chick-Fil-A started that campaign”, said Prater.
In the end, the exchange between the attendees and those opposing the rally remained peaceful Saturday evening.
Sunday afternoon, we found a few photos from the end of the rally that were getting a lot of attention on Facebook.
Johnson City Vice Mayor David Tomita took a few photos from the sidewalk on the corner of W. Market Street and State of Franklin Road where owner and operator of that restaurant, Darrell Fowler, and some of his employees handed out lemonade to everyone standing out there in the rain.
Tomita said he took the photos toward the end of the protest around 7:20 p.m. on Saturday.
By Sunday evening, Tomita’s social media post had already been shared 1,000 times and liked 1.7K times.Copyright WJHL 2016. All rights reserved.