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Albany community comes together to march for peace

A march for unity took place in downtown Albany on Friday night. (Source: WALB) A march for unity took place in downtown Albany on Friday night. (Source: WALB)
Stallian Cagle, march organizer (Source: WALB) Stallian Cagle, march organizer (Source: WALB)
Yogansh Malik (Source: WALB) Yogansh Malik (Source: WALB)
They marched holding signs that read the dream is alive to draw the attention of people that drove by. (Source: WALB) They marched holding signs that read the dream is alive to draw the attention of people that drove by. (Source: WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

A march for unity took place in downtown Albany on Friday night. A group of young people marched from the Art Park to the Civic Center to promote peace and unity in the community.

More than 20 people showed up for the march.

The young adults recently graduated from high school. They say it's important for people in their generations to take a stand.

The shooting death of Alton Sterling by police in Baton Rouge stirred anger in Stallian Cagle.

The ambush that killed five police officers in Dallas prompted Stallian Cagle to act.

"There is a way for our voices to be heard," said Cagle.

The 19-year-old organized the march through downtown Albany with one purpose: to promote peace and unity in the community.

"This is something that none of us have ever done before. We're all students, we're all under the age of 21," said Cagle.

Cagle says the young generation can change attitudes.

The marchers were committed to stay outside regardless of the rain.

"If that requires 30 minutes of our time, or an hour and a half. And I'm hoping that everyone is willing to contribute. Honestly the fact that everyone is here is to me the greatest gesture," said Cagle.

One by one, they marched holding signs that read the dream is alive to draw the attention of people that drove by.

Cagle's best friend Yogansh Malik shared the same sentiments. 

"I feel there's no one in Albany that understands that we can go out there. And we're free to protest and tell other people our opinions," said Malik.

Malik says the youth play a critical role in making change.

"To take a quote from Nick Offerman from Parks and Recreation if everyone took care of their own business and their own home and then when they left their homes and took care of each other. The world would be a much better place," said Malik.

Cagle said he hopes to lead more events like the march and hopes more young people will join him, taking a stand to improve the community.

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