Youth rally for justice in Baton Rouge

Martin Luther King Jr. spoke at the Westley United Methodist Church during the nation’s first civil rights bus boycott in 1953.

Sunday, demonstrators started their march there for justice.

Members of the Baton Rouge youth community want their voices to be heard after two black men were shot and killed by police officers.

“This march isn’t just for Alton Sterling,” said Joseph Coco, “It’s for everybody that’s been victimized in any shape or form. Because when we say black lives matter we mean all black lives.”

Those who participated, walked the streets of Baton Rouge shouting, “Hands up, don’t shoot, hands up, don’t shoot,” and “Black lives matter.”

Their final destination was the capital.

“Bringing it to the capital, where decisions are being made, makes it very clear to the legislatures,” said Blair Imani, “This needs to happen this needs to change.”

Hundreds gathered to listen to young adults as they spoke.

“It baffles me that it takes hundreds of people assembling for a march for me to be able to say ‘value my life,’ and to be taken seriously when I say it,” said one young woman.

Demonstrators say that they are hoping that their peaceful message will be spread throughout the country.

 

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