A protest march related to the Black Lives Matter movement was held today, July 9, inside Buckhead’s Lenox Square Mall.
Photos and videos from protesters on Instagram showed roughly two dozen people marching through the mall and chanting the slogans, “Hands up, don’t shoot” and “No justice, no peace.” Some carried Black Lives Matter signs.
Among the protesters was Stevie J., a musician and record producers known as a star of the reality TV series “Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta.” Stevie J. posted an Instagram video of himself outside the mall talking about the protest.
“We ain’t shopping at Lenox today…We can’t be shopping when they want to shoot us up,” he said. “They treat us like mud, we ain’t shopping. We ain’t doing nothing.”
It’s not the first Black Lives Matter protest to come to Buckhead and Lenox Square Mall. In 2014, Black Lives Matter protesters with the group Rise Up Georgia blocked the intersection of Peachtree and Lenox roads outside the mall at the height of the Christmas shopping season.
Black Lives Matter is a protest movement dating to the 2013 killing in Florida of Trayvon Martin that gained momentum after the 2014 police killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. A new round of enormous Black Lives Matter protests are underway around the country in the wake of the controversial police killings of Alton Sterling in Louisiana and Philando Castile in Minnesota. A reported 10,000 people joined in a July 8 protest in Atlanta’s Downtown.