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WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- The national outcry over the shooting of Michael Brown sparked a peaceful protest in Washington on Thursday.

A sprawling crowd of people jammed into an overlook at Meridian Hill Park, holding up their hands and holding out hope that the country could unify to end violence.

Days after the streets of Ferguson Missouri exploded with the sounds of gunshots and looting, this D.C. park was filled with the chanting of positive statements from a massive crowd.

As one attendee described: "there's been no violence at all, there has been no looting, there has been no rioting, we've been out here peacefully and you know, for us to come together like this black, white, Hispanic, everyone, it means a lot".

Organizers have used social media to plan such rallies in honor of Michael Brown, as one attendee of the protest explained: "we were able to organize ourselves nationally to commemorate the life of this young man."

A sea of faces from all backgrounds, refusing to wait for one authority to make the difference, and instead taking it upon themselves: "It starts with us" one attendee expressed " the change starts with us".

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