Black Lives Matters protesters demonstrate 'black excellence' - WNEM TV 5

Black Lives Matters protesters demonstrate 'black excellence'

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Dozens of people took to the streets of Saginaw Wednesday night to make a statement.

Their mission was to highlight the excellent work being done by people of color throughout the Saginaw area, specifically black-owned businesses.

"There are a number of name brands that black people support that doesn't necessarily support the black community and so in that reminder we're showing them that you can get this same good or service from someone who looks just like you," said Taylor Wilson, event organizer.

She said she wanted to take the national Black Lives Matter movement and highlight the positive things people are doing in Mid-Michigan, while also countering issues that have sparked a debate across the nation.

"We will have stands where people can get registered to vote if they're not already. We will have a speaker to talk about gun laws and how to carry a concealed weapon," Wilson said.

Kourtney Young walked in Wednesday's march. He said he's not saying one race is more important than another, but to emphasize the good in one in particular.

"We are a people that are very important here in the community," Young said.

Jasmine Allen, who also helped put the event together, said they wanted to go beyond just chanting in the streets. They wanted to show why black lives matter.

"We focus on education, working and being positive in general. Being united, being together," Allen said.

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