Hundreds march from East Austin to the Texas State Capitol

It was a hot day, but that didn't stop hundreds of people from marching from East Austin to the Texas State Capitol, all for Black Lives Matter.

These protests and marches have been going on for weeks and those who attended the march Friday say they don't plan on stopping any time soon.

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"If the shade of my skin tone doesn't say enough, I'm here to stand up and just be with my people and stand for something that's much larger than just myself," said Derek Amos, who showed up with his fiance Amber to march to the Capitol. "Systemic oppression and racism is real, police brutality is real. And anybody that doesn't believe so, I'm gonna need for you to get from underneath your rock."


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The march started at East MLK and Comal streets and ended at the Capitol grounds.

"We have to show up like it's a hot day, but that's minuscule in comparison to what black people have been through at the hands of the police," Amber said.

"I think that all of us as a whole black, white, Puerto Rican, Haitian, whomever, I think that we all need to develop a new mindset and that is, you know, we are, we're all in this together," Amos said.

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For many people who attended, like Amos, this isn't their first Black Lives Matter protest, but Amos says each time he's part of one, it's a step in the right direction.

"I won't stop. I may or may not see change in my lifetime. But I promised that I'll keep doing this until my children and my children's children see a difference, 100 percent," Amos said.


Protestors were out for about three hours before heading back.