CLINTON, Tenn. (WATE) – More than 100 protesters showed up at the Clinton High School football field to march against police brutality and racism on Thursday
The group chanted ‘No justice, no peace, ‘ and ‘black lives matters,’ while they walked to Clinton Middle School.
Clinton Police officers and Anderson County Sheriff deputies helped blocked off the roads so protesters could march peacefully.
GALLERY: Photos from the protest
Several local leaders and activists spoke after the protesters reached the middle school.
One of those speakers was Diane Moore, a member of the Clinton 12.
“I don’t want my children, your children, and grandchildren to go through what we went through a long time ago. So let;s just get ourselves together and make this a place for everybody. Everybody,” Moore said.
The Reverend Dr. Harold Middlebrook also spoke at the rally. He used to march alongside Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
He said that George Floyd’s death was a wake up for everyone to continue the work King Jr. and so many others started.
“All of a sudden, all of us realized, that it didn’t have to just be him. It could’ve been any of us. And so until we realize that we rise together, we’re going to find ourselves falling together,” Middlebrook said.
The younger generation who organized the protest wanted the older activists to know that they could retire; their generation would continue the fight.
“It don’t stop here. This is just one of the many to come. So, I’m going to continue to do protests until everything changes and stuff gets better. We’re going to keep on marching,” Omar Spratling, one of the organizers, said.
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