PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) – People in Portsmouth marched two-dozen deep from the Midtown’s CVS to the shops at Victory Crossing.
The protesters chanted “Hands up – don’t shoot” with signs raised. They want their voices to ignite an awakening, a sort of peaceful uprising.
“This march is necessary because lives are being lost,” said James Boyd who walked with others.
He called the deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., and Trayvon Martin in Fla. as 21st Century lynchings.
“The ones that are murdering them are going away scott-free,” Boyd said.
To those who stopped to take pictures along the way and all who agreed with their message, the marchers extended an invitation to join them.
“Dr. King said that injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere and so that sums it up,” said Louie Gibbs, a march organizer. “That if it happens in Ferguson, it could happen in Portsmouth, Chesapeake, Hampton Roads as a whole. Everybody needs to pay attention to what’s going on around them.”