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Peaceful Black Lives Matter march held in Dubuque

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -

People concerned for the equality of African-Americans take part in a Black Lives Matter rally in Dubuque. 

"A lot of people here feel that there is a problem with racism and divide," said Jill Garcia who helped organize the event.

There's no official Black Lives Matter chapter in Dubuque, however, this didn't stop people from all backgrounds marching peacefully together. "It's important because just to recognize black lives matter, because all lives are supposed to matter," said Howard Lee III, of the Dubuque Branch NAACP.

This particular march is unique to Dubuque. "The great part about this is that there's a lot more white individuals here than black individuals," Lee said.

About 100 demonstrators walking down South Grandview Avenue then gathering at Rockdale Park speaking out about different issues, taking a stand against racism, police brutality and inequality. 

One of them, Steven Meier, who admits he was part Dubuque's racial problems in the late 80s and early 90s. "As a young impressionable man, I really started to feel hatred towards people who didn't look like me," said Meier.

But with time and wisdom, he's now here to make amends. "If we ever wanna see the change and love that we need in this world, it starts by letting people know that we support black lives," he added.

These Dubuquers say it's about making the community inclusive for all. 

In opposition, an All Live Matter march was also scheduled for the same time and location, however, none of those protesters were noticeable. 

At the march, people also wrote notes regarding changes they'd like made to certain policies. Those will be submitted to President-elect Donald Trump and members of Congress.

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