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Meet the 6 teenage girls who organized peaceful Nashville protest drawing at least 10,000


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Thursday's massive peaceful protest in downtown Nashville still has a lot of people talking, and Metro Police estimate upwards of 10,000 people showed up. All of this was organized by a group of six local high school girls: all 16 and under.

Thousands marched through the streets of downtown Nashville on Thursday, many chanting "Black lives matter!" and "No justice, no peace!" They say systematic racism and police brutality have to end, and they're calling for racial equality and justice throughout the country.

Jade Fuller, Emma Rose Smith, Kennedy Green, Nya Collins, Mikayla Smith, and Zee Thomas are the six girls between the ages of 14 and 16 who put the whole thing together in five days. Most of them didn't even know each other before this.

"Although it can be hard to see that teens can do something, we just showed you yesterday that teens can do something," Fuller said.

"It's very important that we had this protest so like us as a next generation could use our voices to tell people that we are going to make a change," Thomas said.

Before Thursday, they say they expected around 800 or 1,000 people to show up to their protest, so you can imagine their amazement when their push for change drew at least 10,000 people together, peacefully.

"I'm happy that people are starting to open their eyes and realize that there is a problem with the system," Green said. "That the system is built for the oppression of minorities, and I'm proud to see that many people want justice."

But they all realize that their fight for justice is far from over.

"You need to join, you need to speak out against it, even if you feel uncomfortable, because this is how we make change, and it's not going to come alone," Emma Rose Smith said.

A call for allies of all kinds to stand up and speak out, no matter your age.

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This group says this isn't the last you'll hear from them, as they plan to hold more peaceful protests and demonstrations in the future. You can keep up with their group, called Teens For Equality, by following their Instagram page: @teens.4.equality

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