Only five people were present during the first 20 minutes of the Black Lives Matter Charleston’s assembly Saturday at Marion Square.
But organizer Muhiyidin d’Baha said the event is more about building a movement, such as taking the group’s efforts to North Charleston later this week.
d’Baha pointed to a list of people who have already shown their support during demonstrations over the past few days and said they are sending those people out to their respective communities to enlist more supporters.
The hope is to reconvene at important events with a larger number of people who want to create change.
For example, Black Lives Matters Charleston will meet at 5 p.m. on July 21 at North Charleston City Hall, 2500 City Hall Lane, during the city’s public safety meeting.
“We’re trying to put a full stop to North Charleston’s pursuit of a citizens advisory council because of the lack of input from the people,” d’Baha said. “The community needs a voice.”
The group will continue meeting at Marion Square, 329 Meeting St. The assemblies will take place at noon and 9 p.m. each day until Thursday’s public safety meeting.
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