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Group marches through downtown Fort Wayne, joined by area activists and George Floyd’s nephew

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FORT WAYNE Ind. (Fort Wayne's NBC) - People from Fort Wayne, Chicago and even George Floyd’s nephew from Minneapolis joined the group marching from Milwaukee to Washington D.C. in downtown. The people marched through the heart of the city late Thursday evening and continued through into Ohio on Friday.  

"I just want to say to Fort Wayne, keep the dream alive, once we leave you guys keep the dream alive, keep marching,” Carolyn Jruff is 73-years-old and she says she came to Fort Wayne from Chicago to join the march. 

"This is such a big dream for me, because I remember Martin Luther King when we started back in the 60s, but now, these people, all of these young people, they’re keeping the dream alive,” Jruff says she’s planning to join the march from Fort Wayne all the way to Washington D.C.  

Family members of George Floyd came into Fort Wayne Friday to join the march. Cortez Rice and Tim Williams say they were on their own separate march from Minneapolis to Washington D.C. and they decided to meet up with this group.  

"We’re standing up for the people here, and we’re standing up for these people here, and we will be coming back here and making some noise until some change happens,” Rice said.  

He says they are marching in honor of his uncle, George Floyd’s life, and for black lives everywhere.  

“This is a new generation of the Malcolm X, the Martin Luther King, so we’re moving, we’re marching for change for our youth and our generation.” 

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Karli VanCleave

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