“We’re trying to put out a positive image of us.” That’s why 28 year old Londrelle Hall of Atlanta says he and his team are running from Atlanta to Ferguson, Missouri. “We just want to change the image of the young black man in America”.
It’s called The Run For Justice. Organizer Hall says the run is to raise awareness about racial injustice and police brutality. He says it’s to raise money for the families of young men like Michael Brown and John Crawford. The 18 year old Brown was unarmed when he was shot and killed by a police officer on August 9, 2014, in Ferguson, Missouri. It was on August 5, 2014, while holding a BB Gun in a Walmart store, that 22 year old Crawford was killed by police. Hall says monies collected from the run will also be used to help with the legal fees of those wrongly arrested while peacefully protesting acts of brutality.
The run started from Atlanta on Friday, November 7, and as of Sunday night, the Run for Justice team had made it to Ringgold, Georgia, about 102 miles outside of Atlanta. Hall says, the team, which includes running partner Ray Mills, took a day of rest over the weekend to pack more clothes and to attend church. They expect to cross into Tennessee by this (Monday) evening, with Hall saying they expect to reach Ferguson around November 20th.
They have raised $1400.00 so far, and are collecting donations at http://www.therunforjustice.org .
Hall says he won’t stop until he’s reached all of the goals he has set. “I could reach Ferguson with $250,000.00, and I’m going to still host runs within the community and host things around the country so we can continue to raise awareness in the community.”
Originally from Florida, Hall says he’s used to temperatures in the 80s and 90s and while he says that running in colder weather is a little bit better “I don’t really know what to expect. I mean, yesterday, it was raining and today it’s all sunny and beautiful.” Says Hall, “we’re just going to be prepared for whatever the weather brings.” He adds, when you have a purpose in life, “nothing can stop you.”
The image of the young black male in America is not where it needs to be and not where it could be, says Hall. He runs a media company in Atlanta, and says that he’s pretty much sacrificing everything to do the run. His video and advertising company is on hold until after the run. Says Hall, “I’m doing something that I believe in. I believe it takes acts like this for all of us to get up and do something about our situation, or about problems that others may have.”
“We’re pretty much just representing the black community, and black men as a whole, and showing us in a positive light.”