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Frebaijah Patterson, 8, gets her face painted by Victoria Monsour, 16, during the All Lives Matter Extravaganza on Friday. The event was designed to foster race relations and relationships with local law enforcement officers.

About 300 people of all ages and races danced, ate, laughed and played games together at the Ruston Civic Center on Friday night during the All Lives Matter Extravaganza.

The event, a first for Ruston, was the brainchild of city resident Antarian Griffin, and was aimed at fostering race relations as well as forming positive relationships with law enforcement agencies.

“I’m just overwhelmed,” Griffin said as he watched the buzz of activity around him. “This vision was for me to bring as many people together as we can and have a great time. I thank God for it.”

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