Nashville's protest of thousands was organized by 6 teenagers who met on Twitter united by their outrage over George Floyd's death (Sinéad Baker)
A composite image showing the anti-police-brutality and racism protests in Nashville on June 4, and some of the teenaged organizers speaking at the event.

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  • SIx teenagers organized the mass protest in Nashville, Tennessee, attended by up to 20,000 people, in a matter of days.
  • The young people, aged 14-16 years-old, utilized the power of social media to mobilize the city to protest at police brutality in the aftermath of the killing of Geroge Floyd.
  • "We were born in the digital age, we can do anything," one of the organizers said.
  • Black Lives Matter hailed the group as "amazing young girls."
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Nashville's anti-police-brutality mass protest was organized by six teenage girls aged as young as 14 who met on Twitter, brought together by their anger over the death of George Floyd.

The peaceful protest, which the young organizers claim 20,000 people attended, wound through the city in Tennessee for five hours on Thursday.

The organizers, aged 14 and 16, are Jade Fuller, Nya Collins, Zee Thomas, Kennedy Green, Emma Rose Smith, and Mikayla Smith, local news outlet the Tennessean reported.


Collins told Nashville news station WTVF: "We all met on Twitter."

"And that's how easy it is to do something like this."

Green told Nashville's News Channel 5 "We were born in the digital age, we can do anything."

HuffPost reported that they began to talk through FaceTime, and formed a group with an Instagram account called teens.4.equality. The first post from the account, which now has more than 11,000 followers, advertised the protest.


The Nashville branch of Black Lives Matter backed the group, writing on Friday, the day after the protest, that the teenagers were behind the protest.

"We thank all the folks who are praising us for today's protests. However, we just supported the amazing young girls who planned it," it tweeted.

Fuller told local news outlet WSMV that the death of George Floyd, a black man who died after a white Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck for more than eight minutes, was  "what really opened people's eyes to what's been going on in our country."

Protests have taken place across the country since. 

Nashville Scene reported that Thomas said in a speech at the Nashville protest that"As teens, we are tired of waking up and seeing another innocent person being slain in broad daylight.

"As teens, we are desensitized to death because we see videos of black people being killed in broad daylight circulating on social media platforms. As teens, we feel like we cannot make a difference in this world, but we must."

And she told Nashville's News Channel 5: "To all the moms and dads with kids in high school in America, it shows that us as kids are still fighting for the same thing you fought for, if you did, when you were kids."

"This shows that nothing has changed, we are still fighting for equal rights, there's no reason why we should still have to fight."

Nashville Mayor John Cooper shared a photo of the six organizers on Twitter and thanked them for their work.

"Thank you for your commitment to justice and for elevating our city's collective conscience. I am listening, Nashville, and I am determined to work towards real, lasting change."


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