Hundreds gather in Gulfport for solidarity march

Hundreds gather in Gulfport for solidarity march
Toomer says she wouldn't have missed the march for anything. (Photo source: WLOX)
Toomer says she wouldn't have missed the march for anything. (Photo source: WLOX)

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - On Saturday, the Gulf Coast stood in solidarity with millions of people around the world, by hosting a Women's march demonstration in Gulfport.

The turnout was huge, and those in attendance were overwhelmed by the support. Passionate about their cause, the crowd was so big that it spilled out of the venue into the parking lot.

Hundreds of people chanted, cheered, and marched to the federal courthouse.

"You expect negativity because of a certain stereotype of being in South Mississippi, but we had so many people honk their arms, drive by with their thumbs up and everything," said Jennifer Diaz.

Though Augusta Toomer, 95, couldn't make the trek on foot, she wouldn't have missed it for the world.

"I'm happy to be here. I wanted to support women and also other important things that you all are standing for. It really means a lot to see people who are trying to get a better chance in this country," said Toomer.

Though the purpose was to bring attention to equality and women's rights, participation was widespread.

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"It's more about establishing and maintaining the rights of all people at all times in America," said Wayne Ray of Ocean Springs.

Kristin Darin marched with her two young sons.

"I want my boys to know this is all important and that you should be kind to one another. We support everyone, and we need to embrace that everybody's different. I think they need to see this at an early age," said Darin.

As the crowd formed a circle in front of the federal courthouse, the true size of the march became apparent.

"This is the first time I'm around so many like-minded people, and my heart is just so full. I was so happy seeing everybody today," said Diaz.

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