COLUMBUS, Ind. — A movement that began in protests against alleged national police injustice has morphed into a more permanent group advocating racial harmony, understanding and fairness.

The Black Lives Matter of Columbus chapter, awaiting approval by the national organization, aims to affirm equality and justice for blacks across a wide spectrum of society — and become a tool for racial education and unity.

The local chapter of 25 to 30 participants of different races established its roots July 7 with Columbus native Brittany King’s hurriedly organized protest over the white officer killings of three black men in separate incidents across the country. The two-and-a-half-hour gathering at the high-traffic corner of Second and Washington streets downtown received attention from motorists passing by.

Please read Thursday’s edition of The Republic for more details.

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Brian Blair is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at bblair@therepublic.com or 812-379-5672.