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Re-purposing the BLM Plaza in DC

International Yoga Day was on June 21. But no matter, the Black Lives Matter Plaza in downtown Washington became the venue for group yoga last week. “Don’t forget to breathe,” the instructor said into a microphone, her words mixing with a soundtrack of hip-hop and rap. “Keep breathing.” Indeed, the plaza emblazoned with huge yellow Black Lives Matter letters and a hub of protesters, has been repurposed – a rollicking blend of open-air soapbox, campground, flea market, museum and 24-hour hangout.

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