On the evening of Friday 8th July, the day after the Black Lives Matter march in Dallas, large crowds began to form on the Southbank, before proceeding to march through the busy streets of Central London, in the very first of many Black Lives Matter marches to take place in London.
In the UK Mark Duggan was shot and killed by police in Tottenham, North London, England when police were apparently 'attempting to arrest Duggan on suspicion of planning an attack' with absolutely no grounds to take his life.
The most visually shocking, well documented murders at the hands of US police which prompted the recent marches were that of Alton Sterling, shot dead in Louisiana while on the ground, already under police restraint (as seen in a shocking video leaked to the public) and Philando Castile, the very next day in Minnesota, shot dead in front of his girlfriend and her 4 year old daughter in his car.
Both cases were filmed in part or full and went viral for all to see, with the aftermath of Philando Castille's murder being filmed LIVE on Facebook by his girlfriend who was in the car at the time; bringing forth a sickening and stomach wrenching visual reality check (to people of all races) about what black men and women have to face, based merely on the color of their skin ONLY and regardless of having a clean record, a good occupation,and a good heart (Philando Castille worked as a Nutrition Services Assistant for kids at Chelsea Heights Elementary School and Arlington High School and had no previous record) - didn't make a damn bit of difference to how he was treated, nor did clearly stating that he had a licensed firearm before reaching for his identification which he was asked for (having a licensed fire arm is legal in the USA and those who have one and are being stopped and searched are to always declare this immediately to the officer which he is said to have done, he was still shot and killed).
So why protests? We wanted to catch up with the little lady who actually arranged the first protest in London (almost accidentally)? and find out the motive behind the movement.
by Crystal King UK
How did you feel in that moment when you were speaking out to the crowd and what was your main goal and message that you wanted these people at the protest to walk away with that day?
So more about you, we know that you write a travel blog? So tell us more about it!
I think within and beyond the protest that you recently launched, you are a great inspiration to women everywhere for having a voice and speaking up for their beliefs. You turned your thoughts and feelings about the brutal imagery you witnessed into a 3,000 strong march just from making an effort and taking the initiative to speak out about it. What advise do you have for other women (and men) out there who have something to speak out about but are too scared or worried to do so?