Terry Willis’ journey will take him more than two weeks, and he says he’s doing it to fight for a better future for his young son
An Alabama man is going the extra mile – plus 999 more — when it comes to making his voice heard in the fight against racial injustice.
Terry Willis of Huntsville is walking 1,000 miles to Minneapolis, where he’ll end his journey at the spot where
died while in police custody on May 25.
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“When I first thought about it, I dismissed it almost immediately,” he told CBS affiliate
. “But then I kept thinking more, what can I do that’s so extreme that it will make you listen?”
Willis set off on his journey on Tuesday, and has been live-streaming the trek on Facebook Live for anyone who wants to follow along over the next two-plus weeks.
The business owner said it’s his 7-year-old son that inspired the mission, and the reason why he keeps pushing forward.
“As a black father who [is] raising a black son, I feel I am obligated to do my part in making a change and better future for my son,” Willis wrote on
. “MARCH FOR CHANGE, JUSTICE AND EQUALITY. My voice will be heard.”
By Wednesday, he’d made it to Nashville, Tennessee with the WTVF crew accompanying him as he stopped for selfies with people and talked with others who asked for hugs or honked their car horns in solidarity.
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