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Austin Unites to Protest Against Police Brutality and Champion the Black Lives Matter Movement | A Gallery

A father shields his young son from the sun while Chas Moore, leader of the AJC, speaks during a peaceful protest and rally held at Huston-Tillotson University on Sunday, June 7, 2020.

Participants in the AJC protest and march approach Austin’s capital building. June 7, 2020.

On June 7, 2020, The Austin Justice Coalition (AJC),  held the “Black Austin Rally and March for Black Lives” which began at 1 p.m. on the campus of Huston-Tillotson University (HTU). The rally was rescheduled from the previous Saturday after the AJC expressed doubts about being able to ensure the safety and well-being of black protestors, following an outbreak of violence during other Austin demonstrations. AJC leader and spokesman, Chas Moore took the podium alongside HTU’s president, Dr. Colette Pierce Burnette, and Brenda Ramos, the mother of Mike Ramos, a man killed by Austin police in April. While each speaker called for unity, this peaceful protest centered around amplifying the voices of Austin’s Black community members.

DJ Hella Yella, a staple in Austin’s music scene, spins throughout theAJC rally held at Huston-Tillotson University on Sunday, June 7, 2020.

Several gentlemen on horses lead the AJC march and protestors down East 7th Street toward Austin’s capital on Sunday, June 7, 2020.

Austin Police Department (APD) officers look on as protestors make their way to the capital. June 7, 2020.

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