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Black Lives Matter Protest Held To Counter Local Hate Crimes, Raise Community Awareness

On Jan. 21, Reta Wallis returned home from work to find the Black Lives Matter sign in a planter against her house smoldering and an individual fleeing from the scene.

“It was just a really shocking thing, because I’ve heard of people’s signs being stolen or vandalized, but this was an intentional plan,” Wallis said. “To bring an accelerant to spray and to burn this sign, it just felt different.”


To address the lack of response to the hate crime, which — like other local instances of racism experienced in the community — the family felt was handled nonchalantly by local law enforcement, a protest against racism and vigil for those racism has killed was organized in Logan for last Saturday by the Logan and Utah chapters of Black Lives Matter. Read the rest of the story on


This story is made possible thanks to a community reporting partnership between The Herald Journal and Utah Public Radio.