The familiar chants of the Black Lives Matter movement were heard once again echoing through the streets of Seattle Thursday night.
At around 6 p.m. in Westlake Park, hundreds gathered to protest the recent shooting deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castille, both of whom were killed by police officers in police shootings on July 5th and 6th. As demonstrators marched through the streets, they paused in the middle of intersections to form a circle around speakers who took turns addressing the crowd.
“We’re all here standing up for what’s right,” said Deandre Williams, one of the hundreds who came out for the rally. “We have to take full action in this. We are finally standing up and we want everyone to hear our voice… and hopefully we’ll be heard. I hope the whole world is watching this and I hope the whole world is taking it serious.”
Another young man in the crowd showing his support for the movement is Patrick Clark. “2008 taught us all that racism wasn’t over,” says Clark. “2016 is just a continuation of the same bullshit since Reagan in the 80s… We’re equal people.” Clark voices the frustrations felt by many African Americans concerning the legacy of pervasive racism in the U.S. “The status quo is over” says Clark.
Here are some scenes from the peaceful protest.