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Peaceful march for Black Lives Matter movement goes through DeFuniak Springs

For those of all ages and races who took a stand against racism, those marching say...
For those of all ages and races who took a stand against racism, those marching say Sunday’s events are a step in the right direction. (WJHG/WECP)(WJHG)
Published: Jun. 7, 2020 at 7:13 PM CDT
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Sunday afternoon, Harbeson Park in DeFuniak Springs was filled with hundreds as they prepared for a peaceful march in support of the black lives matter movement.

"We want to come out here and unify, we want to come together as a community,” said event organizer Jalen Jones. “We want to let people know that we acknowledge your suffering, we know that it's hard, that the weight is heavy, and we want to support you, grow together, and we want to understand each other."

Jones said he wanted to speak out against racism across the country as well as bring the members of Walton County together.

"There is power and strength in coming together in agreements and there's love, and that's why we want to do it,” said Jones.

Marchers made their voices heard as they walked down to Wayside Park.

"I expected a lot of people but to see this many people and people steadily coming in, it warms my heart," said marcher Tori Wells.

For those of all ages and races who took a stand against racism, those marching say Sunday’s events are a step in the right direction.

"To see everybody come together to try and say, 'We're going to stand and we're going to do what we can to stomp this out,' that makes me feel proud to be an American today,” said Wells. “I haven't felt that way in a while, but today in DeFuniak Springs, I feel that way."

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