Hundreds rally in peaceful protest in Winston Salem

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Two good friends, Jeffery Frierson and Frankie Gist, get a crowd of hundreds excited, leading by example.

"We can start a chain reaction and hit every city and every community and tell them: peace," Frierson said.

It started out as an idea between a couple of friends, but with the help of social media the event really exploded into a peaceful protest in downtown Winston Salem.

That concept of peace mobilized hundreds from folks in the community, to advocates from other states.

"Black lives matter, this matters to me. We marched in Atlanta last night, now it’s Winston," said Rosetta Hyman.

Recent shootings of African American men brought together the crowd of different colors.

"This is not just about blacks, it’s not just about whites, it’s not about Hispanics but it’s about all of us," Gist said.

"I love that so many people don’t necessarily look like me," said Nonnie Egbuna.

It was a sobering reality to some wanting to support the cause.

"Someone needs to stand up and help make all of this insanity stop," said Liz Vinson. "We have never really known what has happened when there have been stops."

"It’s the peace walk, no violence," Frierson said. "We’re saying black lives matter but we’re not belittling any other life."

Winston Salem police patrolled the streets to control traffic, and make sure the protest went peacefully without injuries.

"When things like this happen across the country, we’re all impacted by it," said Captain Natoshia V. Miles.

The group closed after more than an hour of marching the streets with a peaceful prayer.

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