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Six teen girls who met on Twitter were behind Nashville’s massive Black Lives Matter protest


A massive Black Lives Matter protest held in Nashville this week was organized by six teenaged girls who met online and wanted to honor the memory of George Floyd, The Tennessean reports.

Jade Fuller, Nya Collins, Zee Thomas, Kennedy Green and Emma Rose Smith range from 14 to 16 years old and bonded on Twitter over their outrage about Floyd, who died last week while in the custody of Minneapolis police. 

Soon they met in person and formed Teens4Equality, which partnered with Black Lives Matter to plan Nashville’s June 4 rally that drew at least 10,000 protesters. According to the teens involved, it reached 20,000. The protests remained peaceful with people carrying “Black Lives Matter” signs and chanting “No Justice. No Peace” as they marched through the city.

According to the Tennessean, there were no serious incidents or crimes after five hours of marching. 

“As teens, we are tired of waking up and seeing another innocent person being slain in broad daylight,” Thomas said at the protest, according to Nashville Scene. “As teens, we are desensitized to death because we see videos of black people being killed in broad daylight circulating on social media platforms. As teens, we feel like we cannot make a difference in this world, but we must.”

The young women say their work is only just starting and they have created an Instagram page for their group Teens4Equality that already has more than 10,000 followers.

“We thank and praise everyone who showed up today,” they posted after the protest. “What does unity look like? This is what unity looks like. Change is coming. We see it, we feel it, we know it.” 

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