Trigg County High School student Nicara Allen organized a peaceful protest Saturday and was joined by over 200 people on a march through Cadiz.

Allen called her protest the Awaken March, which supported the Black Lives Matter movement that has gained momentum in the past few weeks after the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and others.

Members of the protest marched from behind Trigg County High School, along Main Street, to West Cadiz Park.

Many of the protesters held signs and wore shirts that called for equality in America.

“We are thankful for this gathering of cultures,” said the Rev. Perry Boyt before the march began. “We are not here to copy what others are doing, but we are sincere in our hearts.”

Allen and other students from Trigg County High School led the march down Main Street, chanting “Black Lives Matter,” “I can’t breathe” and “No justice, no peace.”

After the march, protesters gathered in the park and heard comments from Allen, former Trigg County Schools Assistant Superintendent Mary Lander and the Rev. Donovan Pinner of Virginia Street Baptist Church in Hopkinsville.

“White America has been trying to keep us down, but we shall overcome someday,” Allen said to the crowd. “It’s our duty to fight for our freedom and it is our duty to win.”

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