CHAMPAIGN-URBANA – Students, youth, and the community of Champaign-Urbana came together on April 17th to walk the neighborhoods of Champaign and Urbana. The community shouted and held signs to represent Black Lives Matter. The protest, The Awakening, was held by the Champaign County Anti-Racist Coalition.
The Champaign County Anti-Racist Coalition is an organization that represents for the Black and Brown communities. The organization held this event to acknowledge gentrification, police brutality, and poverty in Black and Brown communities .
Ayan Harris and Justin Harris the two leaders of the protest held this protest to speak on injustice within the community. With the killings from George Floyd, Daunte Wright, the Champaign County Anti-Racist Coalition have a mission and change for the youth.
Rita Conerly, a CCAC Organizer, attended the event and touched on the purpose of the organization and protest.
“She wanted to get out into the community, especially the Black and Brown communities that are most affected by the policies that created the in poverty in the communities. So. this is just to bring awareness to these areas. We want them back. The safety in this community, not just for the people who live there but for visitors who are also visiting”.
Different advocates even spoke to the protestors and the community as they walked to different locations in Champaign-Urbana. The protest started at Beardsley Park but soon the organization and protesters made their way around the community.
The Champaign County Anti-Racist Coalition is planning on continuing to spread unity within their community.
You can check out more events or join the movement by visiting their Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pg/ChampaignARC/posts/