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Protest at the State Capitol Friday morning

JACKSON, Miss.- A rally took place in front of the Capitol in Jackson to protest the officer-involved shootings in Louisiana and Minnesota on Friday morning.  

The rally was organized by local history teacher Alboni Hamlin. She said she passed out flyers, posted on social media, and even reached out to the Mayor’s office for support in her rally.

“I just want my people to come together, join together, and stand united in order for us to get anything done,” said Hamlin.

Hamlin was a protest of one for a while, but was later joined by a man and woman who gladly held signs along with her supporting the Black Lives Matter movement.

Hamlin said she fears if attention is not brought to what she calls a social issue, then it will go un-addressed yet again.

Her goal was to join black citizens for a walk around the Capitol.

“We will be walking around downtown to show we are united that we can come together and not fear any violent outbreaks or fear anyone coming in to disturb the peace. We just want to show we can come together and be a union,” said Hamlin.

She said violence is not welcome at this rally.

This protest is in response to the death of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile who were both shot during altercations with police officers.

Hamlin plans to be at the Capitol pushing her goal for most of Friday.

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