Brunswick County residents hit the highway for racial justice and equality


BRUNSWICK, NC (WWAY)–It’s been nearly two months since the killing of George Floyd sparked protests all over the nation. On Saturday, Brunswick County residents took their demonstration for racial justice and equality to the roads.

People gathered in the vehicles and headed to Calabash for a drive by demonstration that looped around to Ocean Isle Beach. The 25 cars involved in the event were decked out in signs from top to bottom. The event organizer says they felt this was necessary to show their support in the fight.

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“We want Brunswick County to know that there are people who believe in racial equality and justice,”said event organizer Karen Viviano. “So, that’s why we’re doing this event.”

The group of vehicles was limited to 25 with help from the Brunswick County Sheriff’s office. The organizers say they had to actually turn people away, but they still got their message across loud and clear.

“We will not tolerate this injustice for anyone,”says Brunswick County resident Lorraine Norman. “God used the same hand to make you as he did me and this is what this march is about.”

It was a sincere trip across Brunswick County for a handful of drivers, they dedicated their commute to the late John Lewis. The civil rights leader passed away on Friday night.

“Today a lot of us are thinking very very strongly about John Lewis,”said Brunswick County resident Kathy Gillcrist. “We are dedicating part of our ride to him, to his memory.”

The groups says while this may just be a small piece in the bigger picture they hope it sheds light on a dark time.

“I’m hoping that those that are opposed of us fighting for our freedom, our injustice, will see the need of equality in this country.”