Protesters gather for Saturday night march in Downtown Memphis

Protesters gather for Saturday night march in Downtown Memphis

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - Protesters gathered in Downtown Memphis on the sixth day with a curfew and 11th day of protests over police brutality and racial injustice.

The organizers of the protest, Devontae Hill and Frank Gotti, started the protest with people taking a photo with someone who doesn't look like them and sharing it on social media with the hashtag, we're all in this together.

Afterward they marched through Downtown, stopping to kneel at several intersections and letting people speak throughout about their own experiences, changing police practices and fighting against systemic racism.

It was a hot day, and many of the people have been at several other protests over the past week, but the crowd was just as large and just as energetic as the first day.

They even stopped to dance together during two different moments, at times arm in arm, showing off that Memphis spirit.

One member of the protest was Will Coleman, the former Memphis Tiger basketball player.

WMC Action News 5’s Chris Luther spoke with him about what inspired him to join the protest for the first time. He also spoke to Devante Hill and Frank Gotti about how the spirit and energy has stayed strong in the second weekend of protests.

"Man, I just want everybody to love everybody. I could easily be one of those angry people up here, ‘black lives matter this, that and the third.’ But at the end of the day, I think the biggest issue at hand is equality. African Americans on all levels want to be treated just like everybody else,” said Will Coleman, former Memphis Tiger.

"I think it’s electrifying because people are ready for change. I love the other leaders who are out here making a difference, doing the grass roots work, who are doing the community work. The other activists out here, they're really doing it,” said Devante Hill, organizer.

"Change don’t happen overnight. That’s one thing people got to know. But guess what, we’re going to keep on doing this until change come,” said Frank Gotti, organizer.

Protestors kept the Memphis spirit alive by chanting ‘we ready for a change’ while standing under an overpass in Downtown Memphis.

The protests were entirely peaceful throughout the night -- no confrontations with officers or anyone else.

Hill and Gotti say this week is an important week, with meetings planned with city leaders to turn this energy into actual change in Memphis.

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