I had a life-changing exprience when I helped partake in the Freddie Gray protest marches. While the rest of the world was watching the news publicize Baltimore in a bad light, showing the violence and rioting, I and my other fellow citizens were on the streets cleaning up our mess and trying to unite the community together to get out a message out. I am a white girl from the county who has had a pretty easy life growing up, and even when I was totally out of my element (and definitely looked like it) walking through Sandtown-Winchester, I was surprised to feel very welcome. Instead of me feeling scared, threatened, or being told I don't belong there or to go back from where the media came from, I was greeted by many and was made to feel very welcome. The citizens from Baltimore really just cared and made feel so welcome. One person even stopped me and thanked me for coming down and showing support. Many people stopped me and asked to read my sign. We talked and gave our opinions. Children were giving out free water. Strangers were holding hands. Everybody was showing love. Everyone was wanting—wanting better for their city.