The death of unarmed teen Michael Brown has inspired many people to stand up against social injustice, including two young men who launched the journey of a lifetime — a trip from Atlanta to Ferguson, Mo. using nothing but their feet.
For twenty days, Londrelle Hall, 28, and Ray Mills, 29, ran through five states under brutal weather conditions to reach Brown’s memorial. Hall says Brown’s death inspired them to change the public perception of African-American men and to bring awareness to the many other social justice issues in the country. As stated in the NBC report:
Neither of the men considers himself a runner; in fact, both have full-time jobs — Mills, 29, running a credit repair company in Atlanta and Burbank, California, and Hall, 28, as a videographer and artist. But when they heard about the killing, Hall said, it gave them a reason to run.
“I had a reason to run, not to run from my problems, but to run towards a problem and run for the problems of the world and the problems of America and what’s going on now.” he said.
“Statistically, it seems like in our community we [black men] are incarcerated or doing nothing. We want to go against the grain and not be another statistic, and we wanted to inspire other people to do the same.” Mills said. Hall agreed, adding, “We want to show that people who look like us can be doing something positive.”
When the men reached the memorial, they were greeted by some of their followers and friendly protestors. The moment was overwhelming for Hall, as he fell to his knees and cried.
Kimberly Nash kept up with the runners through Hall’s Instagram and took her 10- and 12-year-old daughters to the Brown memorial to watch the pair finish their run.
“They have a lot of strength and courage and are bringing more awareness to what happened in St. Louis and what happened to Mike Brown,” she said. “I thought it was important to bring my daughters to see them finish.”
Check out their emotional journey above and some more touching moments featuring the courageous men in the gallery below.
SOURCE: NBC News | VIDEO CREDIT: NBC News