CRESTVIEW—Signs held high, members of the Crestview community walked down Main Street and toward Twins Hills Park to show solidarity for the Black Lives Matter movement.


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Alexus Lewis, event organizer for the Voices of Hope Rally, said she wanted to take action after seeing the video of George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man who died while being restrained by Minneapolis police officers.



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"The only thing going through my mind was pain and hurt," said Lewis. "It was a lot of pain, a surge of energy honestly I don’t even know how to explain it."


The Wednesday night march began at the Historic Bush House at the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue and Wilson Street with several hundred individuals gathered together.


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Lewis said she wished she had more time to plan the event, but it was important for her to get the word out.


"I wanted it to be heard," she said. "My goal tonight is for ... our community to come together and to show other cities and countries that we can stand together strong and that there are good cops left."


As marchers walked along the route, some chanted "No justice, no peace."



One of the peaceful protesters, Crestview resident Harmonnie Winn, said she came out to show support for the movement against police brutality.


"I want police officers to stop shooting black people, stop targeting black people," she said. "I want the world to accept we all bleed the same blood ... we are all equal."


Many of the protesters carried signs that demonstrated some of the struggles of the Black Lives Movement. One sign said "I can’t breathe," while another had black hand prints with the words "Hands up, don’t shoot."


Following the march, a variety of speakers spoke and prayed about the movement. One was Mayor JB Whitten, who said he is instituting a citizen advisory board.


"What we have to do now in the city ... we have to have action, and we are going to do that," he said.