A Black Lives Matter demonstration and march organized by black students in Boone begins at the library traffic circle on the Appalachian State campus at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 31, 2020. Video by Abby Whitt

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Call me ishmael

Congratulations on having a protest,not a riot. Personally, I would rather the theme had been All Lives Matter, but the protest was peaceful and there fore valid. I do have one question. Several years ago I was told that that the sidewalk in front of Wells Fargo could not be blocked due to the public having aright of way to use the sidewalk. Some of the protestors moved across 321 to comply with this. In the protest mentioned in this article, 321 (Business) was blocked by protestors. What is the reason for this discrepancy? Did something in the law change?

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