WHAT’S HAPPENING

Atlanta has long been a safe space for peaceful protest. And in recent days, thousands have taken to the streets in the city to let their messages be heard on the important issue of racial injustice.

Most of the marches have been organized by members of the community and have had no problems. But some others have descended into chaos and vandalism, prompting Mayor Bottoms to issue a temporary curfew. The Mayor – who also marched with protesters Thursday – is creating an advisory council to examine Atlanta’s use of force policies and procedures.

But because of the influence of disruptive participants, many residents have stepped up on their own to make sure the demonstrations don’t get hijacked by those who don’t follow the Kingian principles of non-violence. They are also there to try and keep things from escalating if the police have to get involved.

The marchers have been passionate and committed. And these are some of their voices.