Local activist remembers Kionte Spencer at March on Washington

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ROANOKE, Va (WFXR) — On Friday, a sea of people came together in Washington, D.C., to help push for an end to police violence against African-Americans.

“Being with those mothers, it’s sad to share that we all agree with one thing and that this nation has hated black skin from its inception,” said local activist, Bernadette Brown-Lark.

It’s been four years since Kionte Spencer was shot and killed after a confrontation with Roanoke County Police, but the family still has hope that justice will be served.

“Kionte is a light to this world, and unfortunately, his light cannot be muzzled. So, his light is shining brightly out of some dark days,” Lark said.

Lark was flooded with emotion while participating in the event.

“Humbling, to be able to just uplift the name of Kionte Spencer,” said Lark. “I know that we have been in what I consider an uphill journey.”

However, that journey hasn’t been easy.

“It seems impossible to be heard, but we are putting out a clarion call that we are still seeking justice for Kionte, and that was another opportunity to not only be heard, but to be seen putting out the call for justice for Kionte.”

Families who’ve been personally affected by police brutality shared stories of anger and loss at the march, but they believe it’s the message of hope — especially for cases like Kionte Spencer’s — that will help pave the way for change.

“We understand that love must win, and I believe that love will win, and that’s what brought us together,” said Lark. “I believe everyone whose feet that stood in that place have true hope and believe in that we will get the change we need to.”

The family is reportedly partnering with the “National Action Network” — an organization founded by Rev. Al Sharpton — and will continue to fight for justice for Kionte Spencer.

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