Black Lives Matter protests are returning to Buckhead on Saturday, according to social media announcements.
Silent protests related to the Black Lives Matter movement will be held Saturday, Sept. 24 at Buckhead’s Lenox Station and Downtown’s Peachtree Center Station, according to the announcements going by the name “ATL Silent Protest.”
The announcements on Twitter and Facebook indicate they will push for a boycott in response to the latest controversial killings of black men and boys by police officers, including Terence Crutcher in Tulsa, Okla.; Tyre King in Columbus, Ohio; and Keith Lamont Scott in Charlotte, N.C.
“We are going where the money is to send a silent message,” the ATL Silent Protest tweets and Facebook posts say of the choice of the Buckhead location. “No bullhorns, no talking, no chanting, just pure silence,” says another post.
The protest announcement calls for people to bring snacks, water, duct tape, and signs saying, “Don’t Shop Here” and “Black Lives Matter.” The announcement adds that “all are welcome.”
The first protest will run 2 to 6:30 p.m. at Lenox Station on Lenox Road, followed by a 7 p.m. to midnight protest at Peachtree Center.
Buckhead’s Lenox Square Mall area has been a repeated target of Black Lives Matter protests. In July, Lenox Station was the launching spot for the massive “ATLisReady” protest, also related to Black Lives Matter, that marched through Buckhead to the Governor’s Mansion and secured activists a meeting with Mayor Kasim Reed and Atlanta Police Chief George Turner. The city responded to a list of protester demands afterward, but only after a follow-up meeting fell apart, and largely by claiming that the police department already operates in the ways protesters want.