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Black Lives Matter conference comes to Cleveland

Conference comes to Cleveland. (Source: BlackLivesMatter.com) Conference comes to Cleveland. (Source: BlackLivesMatter.com)
Different presentations and speeches are planned at various locations around Cleveland. (Source: WOIO) Different presentations and speeches are planned at various locations around Cleveland. (Source: WOIO)
The conference runs Friday through Sunday. (Source: WOIO) The conference runs Friday through Sunday. (Source: WOIO)

You've heard of the movement behind #BlackLivesMatter. Now a national conference comes to Cleveland this weekend. 

Hundreds from all over the world are expected to attend the three-day event, featuring different presentations and speeches at various locations around downtown. The conference will discuss what is next for its members, and how to influence real change.

“We are defiantly here to be strategic in the Movement for Black Lives Matter and how do we go about getting liberation for our people and hold law enforcement accountable for killings that have been happening," said Malaya Davis with the Movement for Black Lives 2015.

Karissa Lewis and her 12-year-old daughter, Kyla, have come from Oakland, CA to see the event.

“We are building a movement. There is a war on black folks. It's important for me to ground my daughter in a fight for liberation," explained Karissa.

Karissa says she is very honest in the discussions she has about race relations with Kyla, who was 11 when Tamir Rice was shot and killed by a Cleveland police officer. 

“It could have been me, and to think police don't care about how black men and girls are treated is really scary, 'cause my life matters, and his life matters," said Kyla.

Kyla participates in the movement in Oakland as a way to heal emotionally, after seeing so much violence across America.

“There is also a lot of healing that happens through being able to speak truth to power, and she has been in those spaces and has found healing in those spaces," said Karissa.

Black Lives Matter was created after the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Florida back in 2012. 

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