Rosa Parks risked physical abuse, arrest and jail because she was part of a growing movement of African Americans sick and tired of discrimination and racism.
Demonstrators carrying signs that read "Black Lives Matter" and wearing "Justice for Mike Brown" t-shirts gathered at the Old Courthouse downtown Monday morning.
"Is this what we have come to? Divided up, as working people, based on where we came from? The president must halt the 1,000 daily deportations."
The protest, organized by United We Dream, was to "protect Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream of civil rights for all, including the immigrant community."
A protest grew to 3,000 once it reached the gates of the Chevron refinery, and 209 were subsequently arrested in a sit-down act of non-violent civil disobedience.
Over 4,000 North Carolinians came together during the first day of the workweek to protest and participate in acts of civil disobedience.
Please dial in to join us for an important teleconference Tuesday evening, May 21, called "Dream activists put it all on the line for immigration justice"
At the Broadview Detention Center, more than 150 demonstrated, calling on the Obama administration to suspend deportations, which they say are tearing families apart.