Hundreds gather for second Black Lives Matter rally in downtown Bryan
Hundreds turned out Sunday afternoon for another peaceful Black Lives Matter demonstration in downtown Bryan.
The location of Sunday's rally was the same corner as last week's gathering at Texas Avenue and E. 29th Street near the city municipal building.
Some estimated 1,000 or more attended Sunday's rally that stretched half a dozen blocks on Texas Avenue.
"It's been too long, it's been hard, but we're here to support and let people know we want to do our part. We don't want to be silent, said Agnes Gray, a protester.
Attending Sunday's rally were police officers from area law enforcement agencies and Brazos County District Attorney Jarvis Parsons. Officers were seen in the crowd speaking with citizens and listening to their concerns.
The BCS chapter of Black Lives Matter met last week with the Bryan Police Department who offered to open the city parking garage across from the courthouse to allow free parking.
Organizers say they're grateful for the outpouring of support and hope their message continues to be heard.
"That we're tired and we're going to stand up. We're not backing down," said Ebony Peterson, co-founder of the BCS chapter of Black Lives Matter.
Last Sunday, a couple of hundred people showed up and rallied for racial equality. Today's rally is being called a peaceful prayer and protest.
"Our children are watching us and he needs to see that his mother cares. not just about him, but about his friends, which in Bryan ISD is majority African American and Latino children and so we're here to make sure we stand up for our children, our boys," said Celina Vasquez, a protestor.
Organizers planned to have a speaker at today's event along with people to help register people to vote in upcoming elections.
For updates on future events for the local Black Lives Matter chapter