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“We deserve to be heard and that we’re tired. We’re tired of all the things that we’ve seen and that it hurts us. We’re tired of people just not caring about our pain and our hurt, and I feel like us being out here is showing that we’re not going to take it anymore.”

— Lawrencia Scott, 26, at a vigil in Pasadena, Calif.

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“I am half black, and I have a brother who is 19 and 6’8”. While I am not concerned about racial profiling for my own sake, I see his face in every story of a black man being gunned down or being subject to police brutality that I see on the news in every state.”

— Alexis Howard, 22, at the George Floyd memorial in Minneapolis

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“I think that, yes, there is a pandemic happening and that’s undeniable. However, the other pandemic is racism and people are dying. And I think that there are ways that we can fight for justice and also socially distance, and that happened today.”

— Jayna Duckenfield, 26, at a prayer rally in Atlanta

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“End of racism — that’s my main goal. Police brutality is a minor, racism is a major.”

— Isaiah Lombard, 20, at a protest in Manhattan

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“I’m exhausted. I’ve been fighting this my whole life as I feel like I carry the weight of representing my race wherever I go. I am ready to die for this cause at 23 and I can’t imagine feeling this way at 43 … I want to be heard and seen, and for the first time I feel like I am.”

— Mikayla McKasy, 23, second from right, with Abbey Iberg, right, at the George Floyd memorial in Minneapolis

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“I have four sons. I have nephews, I have cousins, I have uncles, I have a father, I’m a father, I’m a grandfather. Before I leave this Earth, I want to leave it in a better place for them.”

— Nathan Bunce, 47, at a protest in Manhattan

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“I’m here to use my body and my privilege to stand in the way of future violence. Even if that means getting hit, even if that means getting tear gassed. I think it’s the responsibility for white people in America right now to step up and do their part. Because black people have been fighting this fight for decades.”

— Julia Dupuis, 21, after being injured at a protest in Santa Monica, Calif.

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“I want to fight for equality, I want to fight for racism and police brutality. It is heartbreaking to see businesses destroyed. I don’t think it is necessary. I hate the destruction. These are our friends. The rioting needs to stop but the protesting needs to continue.”

— Jaeda Ellingsberg, 23, at the George Floyd memorial in Minneapolis

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“I’m here for my family. I’m out here to stand up for what’s right for black people, and I’m out here to invoke change. I feel like this is really magnified. I’m really happy to see everyone coming out. We have another protest tomorrow, so as long as people are making noise, I feel like we’re doing our part.”

— Dominic West, 26, at a protest in Santa Monica, Calif.

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“I know there’s a lot of folks that believe that praying is enough, and leaving it up to God is enough, but we must do both: pray and act.”

— Meisha Brown, 30, at a prayer rally in Atlanta

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“We don’t just need justice for one, we need justice for all, and we need a new system in place.”

— Kris Porter, 28, with Kris Porter Jr., 4, at the George Floyd memorial in Minneapolis

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“If I’m going to be an ally, I’ve got to walk that walk; can’t just post on Facebook about it.”

— Jazmin Unruh, 27, at a protest in Manhattan

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“It can definitely feel discouraging, but if we can continue to encourage ourselves, and then others around us can also be encouraged and see God in that, I think that’s what I want to see.”

— Corey Farrow, 24, at a prayer rally in Atlanta

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“I’ve always talked about it with my friends and family, but I never showed up in person to something like this and I feel like it was the time for me to actually be a visual representation of the pain and frustration that we’ve been feeling for generations now.”

— Angelique Dillon, 18, at a protest in Manhattan

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“This is the voice of the unheard, and I wanted to be a part of something that means a lot. I wanted to be as outspoken as I can about an issue like this.”

— Christian Colmenares, 21, at a protest in Santa Monica

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“I want people to see that this is not a black issue, this is not a brown people issue; this is a justice issue everywhere. And so the fact of protests going on nationwide — I pray that it opens up people’s eyes to realize this is an everyone problem.”

— Jasmine Douglas, 29, with daughter, Jaylynn Sawyer, 10, and Jeremiah Douglas, 1, at a prayer rally in Atlanta

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“I have to represent black people. This is what we have to do to get this into the minds of the police to stop killing us and treat us how we are supposed to be treated. Just listen to us.”

— Kieysonn Bogan, 13, at the George Floyd memorial in Minneapolis

Protesters near a police line in Santa Monica, Calif. Allison Zaucha for The Wall Street Journal

Produced by Ariel Zambelich, Meghan Petersen, and Parker Eshelman

Photographs and reporting by Allison Zaucha in Los Angeles, Jenn Ackerman in Minneapolis, Lynsey Weatherspoon in Atlanta and Gabriela Bhaskar in New York

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