Nearly 100 people bowed their heads for a moment of silence on the Continental Bridge Park Thursday.
Similar gatherings coalesced throughout the country in light of last Saturday’s police killing of Ferguson, Mo., teen Michael Brown, which lead to protests and then a militant response from local law enforcement.
At the Dallas event, the moment of silence gave way to prayer and a diverse crowd circling to voice concerns about police brutality, militarization and racial profiling.
Ebony Issac, a 25-year-old bartender from Duncanville, hastily organized the event through social media after seeing a Twitter campaign calling for a national moment of silence. No Dallas protest had been planned, so she took it upon herself to secure city approval and mobilize a crowd.
“This is my first activist move,” she says. “You aren’t an activist without acting.”
Police presence at the Dallas rally was noticeably light, with a single plain-clothed officer on the periphery.
Protesters remained peaceful throughout the event and the pervading undercurrent was one of unity and solidarity. The crowd dispersed with the onset of nightfall.