Black Lives Matter

American Friends Service Committee South Region

High-profile confrontations between African-Americans and police officers have fueled tensions across the country. West Virginia is NOT a place where people are comfortable talking about these things.

But in Trey's hometown of Charleston, some of the key players are now bringing this tension out into the open.

Kara Lofton/ West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Between 400-500 people attended a Black Lives Matter rally Sunday at the State Capitol in Charleston. The event was peaceful, with no violence reported. 

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A Black Lives Matter rally will be held outside the Capitol Complex in Charleston on Sunday.

The State of Race Relations in West Virginia

Jul 27, 2016

On West Virginia Morning, a discussion about race relations in West Virginia from two young black women.  One talks with two leaders at West Virginia University about the Black Lives Matter movement and a senior at West Virginia State University talks about her experience with racism. 

These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.

Panel Discusses Issues of Race in Wake of Shootings

Jul 27, 2016
Jacquelyn Martin / Associated Press

During the week of July 4, 2016, two police shootings took the lives of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Philando Castle in Falcon Heights, Minnesota in a matter of two days. The next day, five police officers were killed in a mass shooting in Dallas, Texas. Those incidents sparked protests and discussions about race across the nation, one movement that gained national attention is the Black Lives Matter movement.

The following week, West Virginia Public Broadcasting news intern and West Virginia University student Aaliyah Brown sat down with two leaders in West Virginia’s black communities to talk about the shootings and their effect on the Black Lives Matter movement.

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