Organizer Of Atlanta March Inspired By Activist Grandmother
A protest march Friday afternoon in Atlanta follows the deaths of Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia, Breonna Taylor in Kentucky and George Floyd in Minnesota.
Seven people in Kentucky were shot during protests Thursday night, while protests in Minnesota resulted in looting and the arrest of a CNN journalists and producers live on air.
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The protesters are gathering in Centennial Olympic Park at 3 p.m. and leaving for the State Capitol around 3:45 p.m.
Zoe Bambara, one of the organizers of the Atlanta For Us march, said standing up for the black community is part of her DNA.
The 19-year-old says she’s inspired by her grandmother, Toni Cade Bambara, who was an activist in the ‘70s, and taught at Spelman College. Bambara's grandmother also authored several books including Those Bones Are Not My Child about the Atlanta Child Murders, which was edited by Nobel Prize winner Toni Morrison.
“My mom has sent me notes of my grandmother and Toni Morrison and Audre Lord and all these people," Bambara said. "So, I'm like I'm really motivated. I know that I have is in my blood, basically.”
She considers her first act of protest rallying classmates in middle school to support a gay couple.
"These girls were holding hands and the teacher said that they couldn't do that, so I told everybody to wear tie-dye to support them," Bambara said.
She also wants to show support for the people of Minneapolis.
“We all know this isn’t right. We're all angry, but we want to do this peacefully because we don't want anyone else getting hurt.”
The Minneapolis officer who was seen on video kneeling on the neck of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man who died in custody after pleading that he could not breathe, was arrested and charged with murder and manslaughter Friday following two days of protests.
Bambara said this is not her first protest, but is the first time she was involved in organizing.
Though the deaths of Arbery and Floyd brought widespread, national attention, Bambara said she was more moved to organize Friday's march by the lack of coverage over 26-year-old Taylor, who was killed by police in her Louisville home in March.
"For me, it was Breonna Taylor because I haven't seen anybody post about her," Bambara said. "Black women tend to be ignored."
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***This article has been updated to note seven people were shot in Kentucky Thursday night.