Photo Essay: #NashvilleForCharleston

Yesterday, a community of educators, students, and families gathered to memorialize the most recent tragedy in a wave of racially charged violence. The group marched in the name of those killed in Charleston, and to assert that the fight for educational equity is rooted in a much larger fight for social justice.

The crowd gathers to begin the march outside New Hope Baptist Church.

The crowd gathers to begin the march outside New Hope Baptist Church.

RePublic's Ravi Gupta and Purpose Prep's Lagra Newman address the crowd before the march at New Hope Baptist Church. 

RePublic's Ravi Gupta and Purpose Prep's Lagra Newman address the crowd before the march at New Hope Baptist Church. 

RePublic's Ravi Gupta and Abigail Rockey march alongside families from Liberty Collegiate Academy.

RePublic's Ravi Gupta and Abigail Rockey march alongside families from Liberty Collegiate Academy.

The crowd marched down 12th Avenue South and through the Gulch amidst the support and encouragement of onlookers.

The crowd marched down 12th Avenue South and through the Gulch amidst the support and encouragement of onlookers.

KIPP's Randy Dowell and Metro Council member Erica Gilmore congratulate former KIPPster TeAndrea Jackson on leading the crowd in a powerful call: "What do we want?" "Justice." "When do we want it?" "Now."

KIPP's Randy Dowell and Metro Council member Erica Gilmore congratulate former KIPPster TeAndrea Jackson on leading the crowd in a powerful call: "What do we want?" "Justice." "When do we want it?" "Now."

Nashville Classical parent John Little and his son address a crowd of supporters at the end of the march.

Nashville Classical parent John Little and his son address a crowd of supporters at the end of the march.

The group ended with prayers for the safety of our city's children, and for a more equitable tomorrow.

The group ended with prayers for the safety of our city's children, and for a more equitable tomorrow.