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Organizers wrapped up a week of events in Arkansas with a virtual press conference Friday where they announced plans to create legislation that works toward racial healing in the state. Sen. Joyce Elliott is working on the bill which would recognize the National Day of Racial Healing as an official statewide observance, establish community remembrance projects in all 75 counties, and exonerate Elaine Massacre defendants.

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In her new personal essay colleciton, Carry: A Memoir of Survival on Stolen Land, author Toni Jensen explores the intersection of gun violence, race, gender and the environment. The University of Arkansas creative writing professor explains how being Metis, experiencing gun violence first-hand and the pandemic all shaped the stories in her latest book. 

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Two Black Lives Matters protests, staged in Harrison last Thursday and Friday, were peaceful, despite rumors of white nationalist counterprotests. State, county and local law enforcement were on hand to quell any clashes. A century ago, Harrison's black district was destroyed by white mob violence and city civil rights activists have been working in recent years to repair that legacy. 

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Local Black Lives Matter activists organized a second protest on the Bentonville downtown square this weekend after an initial protest a week ago ended in law enforcement deploying tear gas on protesters. During this lastest protest, Bentonville Police Chief Jon Simpson joined protesters in a moment of silence for George Floyd, whose death has sparked BLM rallies across the region and the country.

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Nearly 4,000 people gathered in Fayetteville Tuesday night to protest the killing of George Floyd by a white Minneapolis police officer last month. The event started with speakers and a moment of silence and was followed by a march around the downtown square. The protest lasted until after midnight and despite some tense moments, it remained peaceful.

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More than a thousand people gathered on the Bentonville square Monday evening to protest the murder of George Floyd by a former Minneapolis police officer and the killings of other black men by white law enforcement officers. The protest began peacefully, but tensions escalated after sunset and police repeatedly used tear gas to disperse protesters, who are accused of throwing water bottles and rocks at officers, as well as vandalizing two police vehicles.

A full house at St. James Missionary Baptist Church in Fayetteville participated in a community discussion about Black Lives Matter.

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A pair of Fayetteville civil rights activists are constructing a peaceful coalition they've named "Not My City" working with law enforcement and civic groups to make Fayetteville a safer place to live. 

John A. Kirk edited a new collection of essays about Arkansas' history with race and ethnicity.