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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) - Hear from seven different perspectives Thursday August 6th at 7 p.m. in the special “Faces of Change” on Fort Wayne’s NBC. Here’s an early look at the hour long special.  

"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. 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 against 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," Pastor Dix Jr was there on the first night of unrest and Fort Wayne’s NBC reporters spoke with him that night. In the special, he will reflect on change since the start.  

The special will also include two members of the Fort Wayne Police Department and what life has been like for them from behind the badge 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 of the Fort Wayne Police department reflects on her time serving as a police officer.  

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” special at 7 p.m on Fort Wayne’s NBC or you can stream it live here.

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Karli VanCleave

Karli VanCleave is a multimedia journalist at WPTA for the evening newscast. Karli is a Fort Wayne native and Indiana University Bloomington graduate.
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