The continued protests in Charlotte, North Carolina, following the police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott gave a 9-year-old girl name Zianna Oliphant the opportunity to give one of the most heartfelt, and heartbreaking, speeches we've heard.
The young girl, who is wise well beyond her years, reminded those gathered at City Hall that "we are Black people and we shouldn't have to feel like this."
"It's a shame that our fathers and brothers are killed and we can't see them anymore," she said. Oliphant began to break down in tears but was urged on by a passionate and supportive crowd.
Oliphant continued, "It's a shame that we have to go through that graveyard and bury them. We have tears and we shouldn't have tears. We need our fathers and mothers to be by our side."
Watch her incredible words below:
Oliphant was not the only brave youngster to take the stand. Taje Gaddy, 10, also spoke about the fear that he feels from the police as many in the crowd cheered in support.
All protest is good protest and a community in peril must have their voices heard, but to see such a young girl express fears and sadness that no one her age should ever face is truly sobering.
Everyone would be better off if they took the time to listen to Oliphant's plea.
(Photo: ABC News)
TRENDING IN NEWS