It’s been more than a quarter of a century since the days of Martin Luther King Jr. and the passing of the Civil Rights Act in 1964 but for many the struggle for equality still exists.
Recently in Ferguson, Missouri, an African-American teenager was shot six times by a white officer who stopped him on the street. This caused a week’s worth of protests in the town of Ferguson; it has also become the catalyst for a march to the Boise Capitol building tomorrow, Aug. 22 at 2:30 p.m.
Starting in Julie Davis Park, the purpose of the march is to put a spotlight on the excessive use of violence by law enforcement officers toward the African-American community.
Amy Nelson, one of the march’s organizers, believes incidents like the shooting in Ferguson have been conveyed in a skewed way, depicting victims as trouble makers.
“Our goal is to gather the community in solidarity for the people in Ferguson,” Nelson said.
The group will meet at 12 p.m. for a poster-creating session before the march begins. More than 100 community members are expected to attend the event; there will be individuals who will have the task of ensuring the march does not threaten public safety spaced throughout the crowd.