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Nashville group heads to Ferguson for National Weekend of Action

NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

Police are scaling back their presence in Ferguson, MO, but there's still more work to be done.

That's why a group of local college students and activists are heading back to Ferguson.

The group said they are not the so-called agitators or troublemakers. They are traveling to Ferguson to share positive messages and to protest in peace.

The young women will board a bus to Ferguson Friday afternoon as a part of the National Weekend of Action.

The group is making its third trip to Ferguson since 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot and killed by police.

"We didn't know what to expect," said Shonka'an Randle, graduate student. "We didn't know where we were staying, so we went by faith."

This time, Randle and Ebonee Hunt are armed with more than just faith, but a plan of action they said will expose untold stories of police injustice.

"When we were there, that's when we saw the most hate, which was through the police," Randle said. "They started tear gassing us and shooting rubber bullets and we had to run."

Randle and Hunt documented their experiences on Instagram for the world to see.

"When she went the first time, she had about 900 followers," Randle said. "Now she has about 5,000, and that happened within about four days."

Randle and Hunt hope showing positive images of peaceful community work will shift the perspective in Ferguson.

"The looting only took place on Sunday for a few hours, and you kept hearing about the looting for days, but they wouldn't show you that the people were out there united together," Hunt said.

Their trip is being called the "Black Life Matters Ride," emulating the Freedom Riders of the 1960s. They are joining a larger group from Nashville to Ferguson.

"You have your older people who are too old, have already fought their fight, and it's our turn," Hunt said.

"Silence means acceptance, and people are not being silent anymore," Randle said.

The group plans to return to Nashville Monday.

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