How to Get Involved Locally with the Black Lives Matter Movement

“Everybody can be great because everybody can serve.” –Martin Luther King Jr.


Joplin for Justice

Cunningham Park, Joplin

26th & Maiden Lane, Joplin

Saturday, June 13th, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

From their page:

Joplin for Justice will be hosting their 2nd event this month at Cunningham Park. We will have a different speaker and singer, as well as another educational activity! We hope you can make it! Lots of water will be available.

Drive-by and online participation is welcomed from ALL community members.
Bring your signs and honking horns as we hold a peaceful demonstration around 5pm this Saturday, June 13 at the corner of 26 St. and Maiden Lane.

In-person participation that is designated for our young people, their guardians and supporting organizations will begin Saturday, June 13th @4pm in Cunningham Park. For the safety of our community, we will follow physical distancing and sanitation precautions to the best of our ability. In-person participants will be expected to utilize face coverings and hand sanitation practices.
We WILL be streaming the event live on our Facebook group.

Learn more here on the Facebook Event Page.

Follow Joplin for Justice on Facebook to learn about upcoming events. They will host one every Saturday for the rest of June.


Black Lives Matter – Public Sidewalk Chalk

223 W. 3rd St., Joplin

Sunday, June 14th, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. and Sunday, June 21

From their page:

This event has been inspired by the latest artwork in Washington D.C. at our nation’s capital, this event has also been created to exercise our right/use of public speech, in demonstration specifically promoting the Black Lives Matter, equal rights, etc.
This event was created as something fun and easy for everyone! People of all ages, Children and Families, please join us! We will have sidewalk chalk available but please feel free to B.Y.O.C. ! For health reasons, everyone is encouraged to wear their masks with spacing – however this spacing also benefits our Art Movement and the longer the sidewalk goes, the more the public will see! We are holding the event for 2 afternoons this Sunday and next Sunday, in hopes this will be a fun family event many can join. There is parking across the street from the Art Studio.

Learn more on the Facebook Event Page.


Beer with Black People

Blackthorn Pizza & Pub

510 S. Joplin Ave.

Sunday, June 14th, 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Hosted by Nikko Cureton

From their page:

“This week I’m going to give the raw, candid Black perspective on this week’s current events ranging from topics like how problematic it is that Derek Chauvin’s got bail, to why its not a good look when white politicians wear cultural clothing, to why we hate Candace Owens and how we put an embargo on doing her hair. Grab a beer, tip your bartender, and take part in the conversation.”

Learn more on the Facebook Event Page.


Breathing Together: A Service of Lament and Hope

Hosted by Unity in the Community and Watered Gardens Ministries

Spiva Park, between 2nd and 4th on Main Street, Joplin

Sunday 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 pm.

From their page:

With so much racial tension across the country and in our own backyard, church and community leaders in the Joplin area are coming together to provide an opportunity for a corporate gathering where we can lament together, hope together and even eat together, across ethnic, socioeconomic, political, and denominational lines.

The first response to injustice is lament. We gather in Christian unity to lament and, where appropriate, repent of all racist dehumanizing of people made in the image of God. Out of this repentance, we hold to Jesus for our hope and our example to actively combat racism in order for God’s peace and love to reign.

Learn more on their Facebook Event Page.


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