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BLM Protests

(Audio Story) Protest organizers reflect on Black Lives Matter demonstrations

Kyla Finchum, a young Black woman, wearing a tank top and speaking into the microphone of a bullhorn.

Liliana Perez, Multimedia Reporter

July 22, 2020

Angela Davis once said, “I am no longer accepting the things I cannot change. I am changing the things I can no longer accept.” Decades later, San Marcos protest organizers have brought this quote to fruition in their own lives, going out into the streets of the community to advocate for Black...

(Photo Gallery) Social justice caravan parades through Hays County

A line of cars parked in a parking lot.

Sydney Swatsworth, Multimedia Contributor

July 18, 2020

Advocacy organizations Mano Amiga, Mothers 4 Black Lives and Where We Thrive organized a caravan that traveled through San Marcos, Kyle and Lockhart to shed light on local historical Ku Klux Klan activity and unify these communities in the fight for racial equality and justice. Participants in the...

(Audio Story) ‘We built this country’

A group marching with signs led by a woman with a megaphone.

Rebecca Harrell, Multimedia Editor

June 20, 2020

San Marcos native Desyre Collier gathered locals in celebration, commemoration, remembrance and reflection outside of the Hays County Courthouse June 20 in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. Collier is a politics and human rights student at Marymount Manhattan College in New York City. Growing...

(Video) San Marcos shouts for Black Lives Matter

A black woman, with a megaphone and a phone in her hands, sheds tears as she sits on the steps of the Hays County Historic Courthouse.

Jaden Edison, Editor-in-Chief

June 15, 2020 The first major San Marcos protest for Black Lives Matter took place May 29, four days after the death of George Floyd, outside of the Hays County Historic Courthouse. Weeks after, demonstrators continue to show up to the city's downto...

(Photo Gallery) Intimate protest gathers in support of Black Lives Matter

Two women sitting in the grass with signs.

Rebecca Harrell, Multimedia Editor

June 12, 2020

A group of less than 20 San Marcans gathered at the Hays County Historic Courthouse June 12 to speak out against social injustice and in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. The rally was hosted by Black Lives Matter San Marcos and organized by Erika Klodnicki who started the rally by sharing he...

Back-to-back protests: Texas State students and Athletics speak up for Black lives

Protestors stand out in front of the Hays County Historic Courthouse with signs and fists up, in solidarity.

Jaden Edison and Colton McWilliams

June 11, 2020

The San Marcos community held two protests June 10, one organized by Texas State students and the other by the university's Athletic Department, advocating for Black lives lost at the hands of police. The first, put together by Malina Sutton and Kyla Finchum, took place at the Hays County Historic...

Three days, three protests: San Marcos shouts for Black Lives Matter

Protesters holding up signs.

Daniel Weeks and Rebecca Harrell

June 7, 2020

Three rallies in San Marcos from June 4-6 brought hundreds of community members out to protest amid national outcry for black lives, systemic equality and against police brutality. Demonstrators gathered in the lawn of San Marcos City Hall June 4, kneeling and sitting silently for an hour in remembrance of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and other black lives lost at the hands of po...

(Photo Gallery) San Marcos community gathers at City Hall to honor black lives

A protester shouts while holding up a sign that says 'All Lives Can't Matter Until Black Lives Matter'.

Jaden Edison, Editor-in-Chief

June 4, 2020

Following national protests for black lives lost at the hands of police, San Marcos community members gathered at City Hall June 4 to take part in a protest advocating for black lives and justice. The protest began with community members sitting and kneeling in silence for nearly an hour, holding...

‘It is our time to speak’: San Marcos community protests in honor of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor

A woman yells into a bullhorn.

Jaden Edison, Daniel Weeks, and Aidan Bea

May 30, 2020

Elder Justyn Payne stood in front of a silent crowd gathered to protest at the Hays County Historic Courthouse, relaying a powerful message to a fed-up community devastated by the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor.  “[Floyd and Taylor] wanted to breathe; they wanted to live. And they can’t t...

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