The event was organized by The 100 Black Men of West Texas. Lubbock Lubbock Mayor Dan Pope and Police Chief Floyd Mitchell were among those who spoke to the crowd, with Mayor Pope speaking about a message of unity and peaceful protests.
Earlier this week, former Texas Congressman Sam Johnson passed away. He fought in two wars and was instrumental in creating the Vietnam Center Archive at Texas Tech, which was renamed in his honor three years ago.
The state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose to 12.8 percent in April. Lubbock's unemployment rate increased to 9.9 percent. Similar increases were seen all over West Texas, including El Paso's 14.8 percent and Odessa's 13.5 percent