A crowd of about 300 people gathered in downtown Flint, Michigan, on Friday to talk about issues of inequality, racism, and violence, including the death of a young Black woman who was shot and killed by police in a suburb of Flint.
The forum was organized by the Flint chapter of the National Action Network, which is the largest and most active Black-led organizing group in the state.
Flint is a predominately Black city that was once a stronghold for the Republican Party.
On Tuesday, a black man was killed by a white police officer in the city’s northwest.
President Donald Trump’s administration has been under fire over its handling of the case, with multiple civil rights groups calling for the removal of local police officers who participated in the shooting.
“We are here because of the deaths of Black women and girls that are targeted every day,” the group said on Friday.
A group of protesters hold up signs at the intersection of Washington and Wabash Streets in downtown downtown Flint on June 6, 2017.
Two protesters hold signs in the intersection during a protest in front of the US Capitol on June 7, 2017 in Washington, DC.
Protesters block traffic in downtown #Flossilburg, Michigan as they demonstrate against the shooting death of 23-year-old Marissa Alexander in Flint on Wednesday, June 4, 2017, in front in the U.S. Capitol.
Flint, which has a large Black population, has experienced racial unrest and unrest against the police in recent years.
Black-led organizations have long been at the forefront of organizing protests against the systemic racism that pervades the Black community.
In June, protesters in Detroit blocked the entrance to the city hall for more than three hours after a police officer shot and fatally wounded an unarmed black man named Darius White, a 22-year old who was unarmed.
White’s family filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the city and the city of Detroit, claiming police brutality was a “systemic problem.”
Last week, Black activists held a vigil outside the White’s home, where they chanted “black lives matter.”