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Grassroots Organization Wants to Change the Way Black Americans are Perceived

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In light of the death of Trayvon Martin in Florida, a grassroots organization in Waco wants to change the way some black Americans are perceived. 

Sophia Strother, a community activist and founder of Black Men Standing wants to see change in the black community.

"Not all blacks are incarcerated, not all blacks are thugs. There are obviously a lot of good black leaders," said Strother. "Even if they don't want the attention, I feel the younger generation needs to see more of it."

That's the goal for Strother and the organization. 

"Anything that we can do to promote positive black image of black men," Strother said. "That's our focus so event organizations of men everyday who stand up in their community who do not get up and get recognized, should."

The group feels there's a lot of negativity for black Americans, in the media and all around. Especially when it came to the Trayvon Martin case.

"The image of black man killed him, period. Because he was a black teenager walking at night," said Strother. "The image that had Zimmerman stalking him and ultimately killing him."

McLennan County Commissioner Lester Gibson also plans to be at the rally. Temple, Austin and San Antonio are on the list of cities for the group to host rallies in, but there's still a long way to go.

"We are here as a community and we are together as one and we realize that we have some work to do in changing the black community and outside of that," Strother said. 

The rally will take place on Saturday starting at 11am at the Living Words Church site located at 1020 East Waco Drive. Everyone is invited to participate. 

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