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“Faces of Change”: A Fort Wayne’s NBC special on the downtown protests premieres Thursday

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FORT WAYNE Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) - The streets are empty again, but the healing has just begun.

This Thursday, hear seven different perspectives of what happened in Fort Wayne when demonstrations led to clashes between police and protesters. The special “Faces of Change” airs at 7 p.m. on Fort Wayne’s NBC.

"For 401 years we have dealt with segregation, slavery,” protester Minny Jackson said. “We've been oppressed for so long that we not fight amongst each other for a slice of the pie." 

Jackson grew up in Fort Wayne, and she says racism here is very real. In the special presentation, you'll hear how she’s teaching her five-year-old daughter what it means to fight for change in the world today.  

"I love the fact that my daughter loves the skin that she's in, I love that about her,” Jackson said. “She loves everything black." 

You’ll also hear from a Fort Wayne photographer, DJ E-Clyps, and how he’s using his camera as a weapon to fight racism.  

“I've gotten a lot of messages from people in Fort Wayne just saying that they've been inspired by it or they've moved by it,” he said.  

Pastor Raymond Dix Jr. will talk about how he’s using his faith to follow the movement.  

"I intentionally went to some of the young African American people who were there and said, hey, let me pray with you," he explains. Pastor Dix was there on the first night of unrest and Fort Wayne’s NBC reporters spoke with him that evening. In the special, he will reflect on change since the start.  

The special will also include two members of the Fort Wayne Police Department, who share what life has been like for them during a time of unrest.  

"We've got a lot of things to manage and we try and do it the best we can," Sgt. Sofia Rosales-Scatena said. She reflects on her time serving as a police officer and what the conflict within our community means to her.

Fort Wayne’s NBC anchors Tom Powell and Linda Jackson will be hosting the special from the Allen County Courthouse. From there, they will introduce you to the “Faces of Change," airing on Fort Wayne’s NBC and available to stream live here.

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