A Nashville Black Lives Matter group changed its meeting location from a local library because their gatherings violate the facility’s meeting policy.
North Branch Library of North Nashville spokeswoman Emily Waltenbaugh said in a statement that unless the group allows the general public and news media to attend their meetings — as required by law for the taxpayer-funded status — the library cannot provide meeting space for them.
“We have to be open to anyone anytime,” Waltenbaugh said in a statement to The Tennesean.
“All meetings at our facilities must be open to the general public and news media.”
The Black Lives Matter chapter organizer Joshua Crutchfield confirmed, however: “Only black people as well as non-black people of color are allowed to attend the gatherings.”
The Black Lives Matter meeting was transferred the meeting location to a local Methodist church and a posting on the BLM chapter’s Facebook page reads: