Couple gets engaged at a Black Lives Matter protest – and it's beautiful
The images from the Black Lives Matter protest have been painful and upsetting to witness – but out of the darkness there have been some rays of hope.
The moment when an adorable young couple got engaged in the middle of a protest in North Carolina was a particularly hopeful moment.
Amid the powerful messages and protesters demanding racial justice, Xavier Young dropped onto one knee and asked the love of his life – Marjorie Alston – to become his wife.
Being proposed to while surrounded by protesters and police and wearing a face mask because of a global pandemic, probably isn’t exactly how Marjorie pictured this magical moment – but it didn’t seem to matter at all and she said ‘yes’ before slipping the ring on her finger and embracing her new fiance.
‘I wanted to ask her at the protest because going was her idea,’ Xavier tells Metro.co.uk.
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Don’t ever underestimate the power of love. While protesting in downtown Raleigh, I captured a beautiful moment in a strangers life that I felt called to share. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ A few minutes after filming this I approached the man (his name is Xavier) and told him I wanted to send him this video. It was one small contribution I could make to his special moment. He nodded in excitement and we began to exchange phone numbers when I lost it. I was completely overcome with emotions. Tears filled my eyes; I could barely speak behind my mask. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀ I put my hand on his shoulder and thanked him for reminding me of what really matters. We locked eyes and he brought me in for a hug. It was the first random hug I’ve had in months. In our embrace, he said something I’ll never forget: “Don’t worry, we’re in this together.” So simple, yet so powerful. It’s a statement that I should have said to him, but in that moment none of that mattered. We were just two strangers embracing one another in a moment of pure joy and happiness amidst the chaotic backdrop of chants for justice and equality. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I congratulated them both, waved goodbye, and walked away from the crowd to settle myself. It’s easy to get overwhelmed with what’s going on right now. We’re in the middle of a pandemic, millions of people have lost their jobs, and there’s still so much discrimination, racism, and inequality that’s not being properly addressed by our current administration… but moments like this give me hope. Even when you may feel alone or scared, remember what Xavier said — we’re in this together. #JusticeForGeorgeFlloyd #EqualityForAll #BlackLivesMatter #MoreLove
‘She even helped me play sick to get off work. So her being four months pregnant and still wanting to go and make her voice heard, that really solidified it for me.’
During the protest, Xavier just felt like it was the perfect time to ask his big question, and he did it as the crowd started to head towards Downtown Raleigh.
‘She was shocked more than anything,’ says Xavier.
‘She knew I had had the ring for about a week, but she had no idea I was going to pop the question with so many people around. She’s really quite shy.
‘I myself wasn’t nervous. I didn’t think people would care that much. I was just hoping she would say yes!’
Luckily, the proposal went smoothly and Marjorie agreed to marry Xavier. The couple are now even more excited about their future, as Marjorie is due to have their first child in a matter of months.
‘The people around us were elated for us,’ says Xavier. ‘They cheered us on more and more as the crowd grew.
‘One guy was heard in the video saying – “And look! Out of the storm comes something beautiful,” so people were really feeling it.’
The protests that have swept every state in America and are now spreading throughout the world, are really important to this young couple. They’re keen to march for justice and campaign for change.
‘We were at the protests to protest police brutality specifically against black people and protesting the death of George Floyd,’ explains Xavier.
‘It’s important to us because we’re a black couple, with a black child on the way. So situations like this hit home for us.’
It’s incredibly encouraging to see stories of hope and love emerge from the trauma of the past few weeks.
We wish Xavier and Marjorie all the best with the wedding and their new baby.
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