The banner seen above, complete with the slogan “Black Lives Matter” went up recently at the intersection of Church and Dickson Streets in Fayetteville as part of a local group’s celebration of Black History Month.
According to an official with Experience Fayetteville, the city’s convention and visitor’s bureau, the banner was hung, with the city’s permission, by a local group called Compassion Fayetteville. According to the Compassion Fayetteville Facebook page, the group has coordinated Black history month events in the city for three years. Compassion Fayetteville bills itself as “a cooperative effort by a group of citizens who are volunteering their time to increase awareness, encourage, and promote a culture of compassion through identifying, supporting and initiating new compassionate actions in Fayetteville.”
D’Andre Jones, who heads Compassion Fayetteville’s Black Lives Matter team, said the banner was also hung last year, but has noticed much more by passerby and on social media this year. He said a public statement about the value of black lives and black history is particularly important now, given the current political climate in America. “Now more than ever,” Jones said, “it’s very important that we all stand together and affirm that all lives matter.”
Jones said that upcoming Black History Month activities by Compassion Fayetteville include a Feb. 24 event honoring black athletes, and a recognition of the nation’s historically black colleges and universities. This weekend, Compassion Fayetteville plans to host an “Allies for Equality” workshop on Saturday starting at 1 p.m. at the Fayetteville Public Library’s Walker Room, 2350 W. Old Farmington Road in Fayetteville. According to a flyer, the two-and-a-half-hour session will be a “training workshop that will help equip you to have difficult conversations about racial inequality and help you diffuse the situation when emotions start to get in the way of having a meaningful and productive conversation.”
Can somebody talk Trump into attending? Pretty please?