A couple hundred protesters gathered at the Boone County Courthouse amphitheater at 3 p.m. Sunday for a Black Lives Matter event featuring speakers and a march. The event marked nearly one month since protests began in Columbia, sparked by the death of George Floyd on Memorial Day at the hands of Minneapolis police. After hearing Charles Burney sing a new song he wrote, listening to several speakers, and singing ‘Lift Every Voice and Sing’, which is known as the Black national anthem, protesters assembled in front of the columns at the courthouse for a march. The march followed a route which made a large circle in the area north of Broadway. Leaders and participants engaged in call-and-response chants while marching. Columbia police officers facilitated the march by blocking intersections to allow the large number of people to use one lane of the road.

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