OAKLAND (KCBS) – Thousands marched in East Oakland on the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, denouncing recent deaths of unarmed black men at the hands of police. A significant number of mothers brought young children, hoping to educate them through this action.

Among the children who attended, a group of girls were heard chanting “No justice, no peace” at the Fruitvale Village as the march got underway.

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Quite a few mothers brought their children. Tori Bookstein said she wants her children to be aware of some harsh realities.

“I hope they’re learning that this is their fight. I hope they’re learning that black lives matter, period, no matter who you are. And all of us need to work together to end this awful violence,” she said.

Sarah Herbilin was with her five-year-old girl. She said it’s important that children understand that there are injustices in the world. “We need to make our kids aware of this, so that the next generation has more of a change and so they see the privilege that they carry and use it wisely.”


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The protesters marched to the Coliseum BART station, which was closed for a time.

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No arrests were reported.