Black asphalt separated rainbow flags and Black Lives Matter signs from the guns and American flags as two groups stood in the heat — aiming to be heard for the betterment and protection of their community.

But what began as a showdown between the opposing groups in downtown Lufkin on Sunday afternoon turned into an opportunity for conversation and engagement for individuals on each side.

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Protesters from opposing sides try to reason with one another in front of Lufkin City Hall Sunday afternoon.

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Ian Ocx, with a bullhorn, leads protesters in chants as they wave signs and banners in front of Lufkin City Hall Sunday afternoon.

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Kevin Brock, with the Angelina Patriots, stands in front of Lufkin City Hall during a protest Sunday afternoon.

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Debbie Richardson, center, tries to speak with protesters in front of Lufkin City Hall Sunday afternoon.

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Protesters march through downtown Lufkin on First Street Sunday afternoon.

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Debbie Richardson, right, and Lacy Reed embrace after talking together in front of Lufkin City Hall Sunday afternoon.

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Three of several protesters gathered in front of Lufkin City Hall Sunday afternoon.

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Protesters march along First Street through downtown Lufkin Sunday afternoon.

Jess Huff's email address is

jess.huff@lufkindailynews.com.