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Lafayette teen leads march against racial injustice, police brutality

Posted at 10:45 PM, Jul 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-04 23:52:08-04

A Lafayette group is calling for change by using their voices to speak out against racial injustice and police brutality.

Today, protestors marched throughout downtown Lafayette in honor of black lives recently lost.

They're hoping to see change for the sake of future generations.

More than a dozen demonstrators gathered in downtown Lafayette to rally for racial injustice and to end police brutality.

"We are the future. We're marching for our kids, our grandchildren and for us."

19-year-old Lafayette native and rally organizer, Kendall Gloston, was devastated when she saw George Floyd's death on video. Gloston wanted to make an impact on her community.

"We're marching for the same thing our grandparents and our great grandparents marched for over 60 years ago and it's 2020. That's why I was inspired to do this, so I can get the community together and show that we're all we have," said Gloston.

For Kirsten Bejamin-Eugene, Gloston's mother, she couldn't be prouder.

"For her to take part and be apart of this, I'm extremely proud of her. I pray that she continues to grow in that area and speak her truth," said Bejamin-Eugene.

Gloston's truth has inspired demonstrators who joined her rally.

"It's important that we get in young and fight for what we believe is right," said demonstrator Lianne Dick.

"It shows hope for future generations and that the fight will continue on long after all of us are gone. Young people, they'll have kids and they'll spread the message. It just brings hope to the future," said demonstrator Corey Stewart.

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