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Rallies held for Michael Brown in Birmingham

The message of a rally for Michael Brown at Birmingham's Kelly Ingram Park was "Don't shoot." Source: Christy Hutchings/WBRC The message of a rally for Michael Brown at Birmingham's Kelly Ingram Park was "Don't shoot." Source: Christy Hutchings/WBRC
A second rally for Michael Brown was held in Linn Park. Source: Christy Hutchings/WBRC A second rally for Michael Brown was held in Linn Park. Source: Christy Hutchings/WBRC
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

People from all walks of life joined together in Birmingham's Kelly Ingram Park on Thursday to remember Michael Brown with a moment of silence.

Brown is the Missouri teen shot and killed by police over the weekend in Ferguson, Missiouri, a suburb of St. Louis.

Samantha Briggs and her daughter Micah attended the rally. The message of the rally was "Don't shoot."

"It's sad. I'm the mother of a black son, I'm the wife of a black husband, I'm a sister of black men, I'm the daughter of a black man and I am fearful," Briggs said.

Briggs is from St. Louis, much of her family lives in Ferguson, and she remembers the warnings she received from her parents about going to Ferguson.

"When you drive in those areas you slowed down because you didn't want to encounter the law," she said.

She'd hoped it would be different for her children, but she says it's not.

"It's a shame I have to dress my son in a way where I don't want him to be confused with anyone else," Briggs said.

Even Micah has the same fears for her brother.

A second rally was held in Birmingham on Thursday at Linn Park. Gary Forte attended that rally, and admits that he too must dress a certain way to avoid trouble.

"I feel I have to up my standards. I wouldn't say particularly in Birmingham, but I think in all areas of United States, all over the world. African American people have stigmas we didn't even start," said Forte.

"We are in college, a lot of us are not thugs, we're not gangsters. We just really want to come out here, live the world and get the opportunity our ancestors didn't have," Forte added.

Samantha Briggs and others are hopeful that by Friday morning some order will be established in Ferguson, with the state police now taking over.

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