WASHINGTON (WUSA9) - Seven days ago, they started on their 110-mile journey from Charlottesville, Virginia to Washington D.C.
They're fighting for what they believe in, a group of activists and volunteers who are walking with a purpose. Their march is called the "March to Confront White Supremacy."
It started in Charlottesville, but it goes even further back for some of those participating.
"Literally on my way to high school every day I passed a trailer home that had black dolls hanging ... and when the city told the person they had to take the dolls down, they put a sign out front that said they're inside," said Stephanie Llanes. She works as a lawyer for the New York-based activist group, the Center for Constitutional Rights.
Llanes said her experiences as a teenager and seeing what happened in Charlottesville are why she's in Gainesville, Virginia Sunday night. The group is resting there and plans to set-out at 10 a.m. on Monday on the next leg of their march. They've gone around 70 miles so far.
"I don't even call it a march because a pilgrimage has a certain sense spirituality," said Melini Stamp. She's a political organizer who tells us it's her first time participating in something this extensive.
'Challenging White Supremacy' to Llanes means, "... taking Donald Trump out of office. I mean taking anyone, particularly in positions of power in our government that perpetuate white supremacy or anti-blackness," she said.
Both said the 70 miles they've gone so far had been both physically and mentally challenging.
"My foot right now, I gotta get some rest," laughed Stamp, who then seriously continued, "challenging in that, we had a person that was armed waiting for us at our end stop, and we had to end early one day."
Do you think what you're doing is going to make a difference?
WUSA 9 asked. Stamp answered, "I only hope so, and I do think I'm going to make a difference because people make a difference."
The group said they went from 15-people to 50-people traveling over night and have reached upwards of 100-marchers during the day.
They're expecting to arrive in D.C. on Wednesday afternoon.
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