Baltimore Protesters March in Unity

August 9 marks the one year anniversary of the death of unarmed African American teen Michael Brown of Ferguson, MO. His alleged killer, Officer Darren Wilson was acquitted of all charges, causing many people to protest across Ferguson and the rest of the country.

Since his death, many other African American lives have been taken by the hands of the police including Freddie Gray and Sam DuBose. The nation—especially the African American community—has been reeling in the pain of these tragic deaths and are tired of it.

On August 8, the Baltimore chapter of People’s Power Assembly held a protest honoring the lives of the African American victims of police brutality as well as seeking justice for the victims and their families. The Baltimore protesters congregated at the corner of Pennsylvania and North Aves in Baltimore, across the street from the infamous site of the CVS that was burned down in April.

Approximately 70 protestors from various ages, ethnicities, religions, sexual orientations and identities, neighborhoods, and income backgrounds united together for the same cause—Black Lives Matter. Protestors peacefully marched throughout the city streets declaring “We won’t stop until killer cops are in cell blocks.” The march ended near North Ave & Charles St in Baltimore where the People’s Power Assembly held a People’s Summit. There the organizers discussed proposals for new laws that will fight against police brutality and talked about some of the other organizations in attendance such as the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), Fight Imperialism Stand Together (FIST), and Organization of Afro-American Unity (OAAU).

On August 8, 2015, Baltimore experienced a piece of history that may not get written in the history books, or made into blockbuster flicks, but will forever be in the hearts and minds of every participant that marched for justice on that day.

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