In the heat of last summer as tensions across the country grew just as hot, Anne Arundel County Police Sergeant Kam Cooke was patrolling a protest.
NICOLE BAKER: All right, Bob, thank you. Well each week in a segment called Unifying America, WJZ and CBS are sharing stories about people who are bringing us together at a time when racial and cultural differences sometimes separate us.
DENISE KOCH: Annie Rose Ramos brings us the story of one Anne Arundel County Sergeant and a young protester, and how their courage brought them together.
ANNIE ROSE RAMOS: In the heat of last summer, as tensions across the country grew just as hot, Anne Arundel County Sergeant Kam Cooke was patrolling a protest.
KAM COOKE: A protest in Savannah Park last year that I happened to be working.
ANNIE ROSE RAMOS: He got out of his car and stopped to have a chat.
KAM COOKE: I met Emma and a few other young people that were expressing their right to hold a protest.
EMMA DYE: Our goal is to kind of just educate the communities on different types of racism that we see.
ANNIE ROSE RAMOS: Emma is the co-creator of Millennial Marchers, holding peaceful protests to promote equality and positive change.
EMMA DYE: In the beginning, I was scared to speak out, but then I knew that there needed to be a change.
HANSEL MOTIRAM: I came after Emma.
ANNIE ROSE RAMOS: More millennials like Hansel joined the marches, relating to the pain felt across the country.
HANSEL MOTIRAM: The pain of being stereotyped or profiled.
ANNIE ROSE RAMOS: And since the summer, these three have kept talking, no matter how uncomfortable.
EMMA DYE: Some of the conversations are going to be uncomfortable, but that's how you learn, that's how you grow.
KAM COOKE: We can't be afraid to have conversations with people. When we start to do that is when we start to really see that change.
HANSEL MOTIRAM: If we implement the right changes, it will bring greater unity for everybody.
ANNIE ROSE RAMOS: Annie Rose Ramos, reporting for WJZ.