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Black Lives Matter peaceful protests held across Memphis

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

A number of peaceful protests were held across the Bluff City on Friday.

Social activists, organizers, and local preachers all joined forces to take a stand against violence in Memphis.

They said "Black Lives Do Matter," and the best way to promote that idea is through peace.

Memphians united to protest for peace down the intersections of Poplar Avenue on Friday. Using signs, banners, and chants, they showed their support for the national movement "Campaign Nonviolence."

"If there was a violent action in the city, we hope that our initiative would help create a spirit of non-violence when the action occurs," activist Janice Vanderhaar said. "You can't just hope it happens. You have to really be conscious of this - in the spirit of Gandhi and King."

As riots continue in North Carolina following the fatal shooting of Keith Scott by a police officer, this group believes there is a better way to push for justice.

"Police brutality - what's going on in North Carolina and Tulsa, Oklahoma- the violence leads to violence," activist P. Moses said. "We're trying to promote love, peace, and harmony."

They hoped their protest sets an example for others. Within just minutes, their message was heard.

"And it touched my heart," Terrence Boyce said. "On Poplar in North Parkway were the whites were saying black lives matter. Somebody's waking up."

Boyce is a member of the Big 7. They also chose Friday to pray and protest for peace.

It's a movement happening in this city and nationwide.

"We don't want to be exempt from the law," Boyce said. "We just don't want to be killed innocent."

The "Nonviolence Campaign" protest ended at a church, where they reflected on ways to better the city. They emphasis you can also stand up for justice and be heard in a peaceful way.

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