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Rayne youth rally inspiring teens to create change beyond their community

Posted at 10:14 PM, Jun 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-22 12:48:38-04

In Rayne, a young girl led a rally to unite her community and call for equality.

Some of the youngest residents in the city are also standing by her and using their voice to demand change.

What's different about the "Spread Some Love Youth Activism and Enlightenment Organization" rally is most of the participants are under the age of 18, rallying for justice and equality.

"Can't wait until we get to it and we get everything together and everyone is happy together," founder, Amiyah Jones-Settle.

It's why 10-year-old Amiyah Jones-Settle, hosted a youth rally for her peers. She says in a time where the world is divided, unity is needed and she's not alone.

"A lot of people have came together and we're just gonna celebrate and just spread awareness of black lives matter," Andrea Gibson.

16-year-old Andrea Gibson, says the rally gave her a platform to share her concerns towards police brutality and justice reform.

Thanks to the organization event, it's giving young children and teens an opportunity to have their voices heard.

"It's so important for young people to be aware because as a young person, you have to make the change. You have to be aware of what's going on in order to change it,"said Gibson.

Gibson wants their message of peace and equality to be heard beyond their Rayne community.

"Our messages can be powerful enough to be heard, to get out there and let everyone know what we support and how we feel," said Gibson.

"I'm actually happy that I came up with this because it's turning out amazing," said Jones-Settle.

Amiyah is hoping to keep the momentum for equality and justice reform going. She hoping to have more rallies in her hometown again soon.

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