Local teen holds event to raise awareness of racism

Local teen holds event to raise awareness of racism

LOWER BURRELL, Pa. — A local teen organized an event in Lower Burrell Sunday to raise awareness of racism. 

Trista Armstrong, 17, is wiser than her years. 

She understands the struggles of our nation and decided that her voice can make a difference. 

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Without the help of others, she put together an event, Rise Up Against Racism, that brought together a list of speakers, including police officers and high school students. 

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Armstrong said the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis inspired her to take action. 

"If you turn on the news you see there's something going on in our nation.  We 

need to make a change and I have a voice. Young people have been behind the Black Lives Matters force. So that's what inspired me to use mine,"Armstrong said. 

The event will wrap up with a lantern release, followed by a moment of silence. 

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