Today’s front pages were dominated by protests for the most part. The papers that bungled last Sunday’s front pages with a planned package of stories unrelated to the protests going on across the state and country didn’t miss this time. Greensboro, Wilmington, Kinston, Jacksonville, Burlington and Hendersonville used the Fayetteville Observer’s story on the memorial service of George Floyd in Raeford.
Otherwise, papers featured their own protest stories, including Winston-Salem Journal, which featured the compelling photo above. (Photo courtesy of the Newseum.) From the Journal’s story: “For the eighth straight day, protesters marched through Winston-Salem’s downtown, demonstrating their commitment to the fight against racial injustice. With temperatures in the low 90s, more than 1,500 people — the largest crowd yet — filled the city’s streets at noon, chanting and screaming for justice while remembering the people of color killed by police in America.”
Statesville: “More than 600 people took to the streets of Mooresville on Saturday afternoon in a peaceful display that demanded police reform and recognition of disenfranchised communities.”
Hickory: “Daria Jackson, an organizer of Saturday’s demonstration, said the event was meant as a call to action. ‘George Floyd’s death was not a call to loot, to hate. But what it was and what it is a call for us to take action,’ she said.
Greensboro: The News & Record reaches back to protesters from a different generation for lessons to pass on. “The legacies of people like Brown who took part in the civil rights struggles of the ’50s and ’60s can inspire those struggling to make their voices heard. Their stories also offer a lesson in how protesters can use this collective outrage to make change and just why the movement is still important.”
Charlotte: The Observer does a compelling deep dive into what happened during Tuesday’s protests there, telling the first-hand accounts of 10 witnesses. “Their accounts provide new details of a violent encounter between police and residents protesting police brutality. They also reopen critical questions about the tactics used by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department in response to public protests.”