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Black Lives Matter Activists To March In Seattle Saturday

Ted S. Warren
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Protesters took part in a Black Lives Matter rally in Seattle on Apr. 15, 2017

After the violence that rocked Charlottesville, Virginia, almost two weeks ago, Black Lives Matter activists are planning a march in Seattle on Saturday. 

More than 2,000 people have indicated on Facebook that they plan to attend the Black Lives Matter March Against Hate and Racism. It will start at 6:00 p.m. at Westlake Park in downtown Seattle.

Mohawk Kuzma is with  Black Liberation Front in Seattle and is one of the organizers of Saturday's march. He said he’s hoping the whole city will come out to show that Seattle rejects racism.

"Black people should already be free, but that ain’t reality yet," he said. "Racism is still alive and well in this country, and that’s not acceptable. So in 2017, the time is now to defeat racism and bigotry once and for all."

The white nationalist rally in Charlottesville drew people carrying weapons, Confederate flags and torches and quickly turned violent. A 32-year-old woman died and 19 were injured when a man drove his car into a crowd of counter-protesters.

The aftermath of those events has sparked a national dialogue about the country’s racist past and present. 

In July 2017, Ashley Gross became KNKX's youth and education reporter after years of covering the business and labor beat. She joined the station in May 2012 and previously worked five years at WBEZ in Chicago, where she reported on business and the economy. Her work telling the human side of the mortgage crisis garnered awards from the Illinois Associated Press and the Chicago Headline Club. She's also reported for the Alaska Public Radio Network in Anchorage and for Bloomberg News in San Francisco.