AUSTIN, Texas - It has been over 10 days since protests began in Austin. Protesters say they now believe their message of ‘Black Lives Matter’ is finally being heard.
Thousands of protesters marched in a peaceful protest through Downtown Austin for black lives. “It was a really surreal moment. I kept asking myself, what year is it? Is this 2020? Or is this the 1960s?” said a protester.
Each protest has brought together all kinds of people from all walks of life. FOX 7 Austin spoke to sisters who were marching together.
“I've been in the military. I've never thought I would be in a protest ever in my life, 35-years-old here I am with my baby sister,” said the protester.
The sisters say this experience has not only brought them together, but it's also brought them together with thousands of people they don't even know.
“I was doubting myself with ‘Why did I even serve?’, but, you know, after seeing all these people here, a different color, different shades, all united for one cause showing that all black lives matter, this was worth it. One hundred percent,” she said.
Courtney Becker says she marches to support, but more importantly, to understand.
“I mean, I know that I never will understand, but I want to listen to the message and I want to help advocate and so for me, it was about hearing what that message is so that I can just be another voice advocating,” said Becker.
Protesters say they believe their message is being heard, but that doesn't mean it ends here.
“We can't just stop now. Now we have the momentum. We have to continue. We have to keep going,” said a protester.