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Winston-Salem protesters say the conversation has started

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Protesters again took to downtown Thursday night marching for change in race relations and police treatment of minorities.

"We know that every 28 hours a black person is killed by a police officer, vigilante or security person and we want that to end," said Kim Porter, an organizer who believes the protests are helping educate about the race issues. "We are calling for conversation, for people to talk about issues to educate people and to start a dialogue where a dialogue needs to happen."

Their message is being heard by local city leaders.

"When people speak, we do listen, it's our job to listen," said city council member James Taylor, Jr., who attended the event and chairs the city Public Safety Committee. "I'll do everything in my power and authority to ensure that we are moving our people forward and we are doing what's right in terms of justice and equality for all people."

Several dozen turned out to for the protest including students from Wake Forest University who stood along Fourth Street with shirts that read "Black Lives Matter."

"What happens around the world affects us all," said Marva Reed, who attended Thursday night's protest. Reed almost lost her life while documenting the LA Riots in the early 1990's. "I'm still doing it," she said. "I'm a community leader now and I know how important it is and I know the disparity when it comes to black lives."

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