These words echoed throughout the city Saturday afternoon, as Cincinnati’s Black Lives Matter group and other organizations rallied together before the trial of former University of Cincinnati police officer, Ray Tensing, who is charged with murder in the death of 43-year-old Samuel DuBose.
Audrey DuBose, Samuel’s mother, said she hopes her son’s story will make a difference in city and the entire country.
“I know that this situation with my son is going to make a change,” DuBose said. “It's going to make a big change.
“A powerful change.”
Among the groups that joined in the rally was the AMOS Project, a social justice organization comprised of multiple congregations.
Troy Jackson, a member of the AMOS Project, encouraged others to speak out.
“We are calling on all people of faith, clergy and faith leaders and people who attend any congregation in this city to be counted during this time,” Jackson said.
Saturday’s rally featured everything from prayers to poetry, all with one message in mind.
“I know we all need this,” DuBose said. “Once we begin to be there for each other we're going to be stronger and stronger and stronger.”
Jury selection for Tensing's trial begins Oct. 31.