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15-year-old leads march in downtown Phoenix Saturday

Anaiya Whitfield
Posted at 9:33 PM, Jun 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-22 08:30:34-04

PHOENIX — Anaiya Whitfield, a high school student in Phoenix, organized a march in downtown Phoenix Saturday.

"They told me I should be silent. They said I am in a child's place, that I should not speak my mind... so I decided to organize a protest to tell every last one of them, 'you can not shut me up,'" Whitfield said to the crowd of protesters.

The peaceful protest began at Margaret T. Hance Park and ended in front of the Arizona State Capitol Building.

"Each movement that has ever existed has been started by young folks in high school or college," said Renaissance, Administer of Activism for Black Lives Matter Phoenix Metro. "This is beautiful. This is exactly how it’s supposed to be."

"If you have an opinion and you're passionate about it, you go out there and you speak on it. You don’t let anybody go out there and silence you because your voice is your own," said Whitfield.