UPDATE: (WKOW)-- Hundreds took to the streets, in honor of Tony Robinson and demanding social change.
“I came out here today because I wanna see change,” said 17-year-old Blake Washington.
Gathered at Worthington park, hundreds of rallied, most of them teenagers who left school early
to join a march in honor of Tony Robinson.
“I feel like we can catch up on school work. That's nothing,” said Terrence McNeal, a sophomore at Madison West High School.
The group marched from the park, two and a half miles to the Governor's mansion, with police stopping traffic and clearing the way. The message: there is too much violence and too many racial disparities negatively impacting blacks.
“People came together,” said Eric Upchurch with the Young, Gifted & Black Coalition. “A lot of people are upset, they're hurt, around these issues.”
“This is going on every where in this world pretty much, not just with cops killing our future and our youth, but it's violence period,” added Brian Friend, another Madison West High School student. “I think we need a change in this world.”
Speaking to the crowd, Andrea Irwin, Robinson's mother, thanked supporters and urged them to press on peacefully.
“I don't want violence done in his name,” Irwin said. “I don't want anger. I want to be able to make a change. I don't want my son to have died in vain.”
“We just want justice,” McNeal said about the protestors. “We're not gonna tear anything down. We're not going to break anything. We're just gonna march, stand up, say what we gotta say, keep things moving and hope for the best.”********