Teenager Raises $160,000 for Black-Owned Businesses Hurt During Protests

17-year-old Atlanta teen CJ Pearson offered a $10,000 check to the owners of Wilbourn Sisters Designs on Thursday — one of many businesses he is helping to save.

WSB-TV Channel 2′s Kristen Holloway spoke to 17-year-old CJ Pearson, who raised a whopping $160,000 for black-owned businesses harmed or destroyed by the ongoing protests. The demonstrations were sparked by the alleged murder of George Floyd by Officer Derek Chauvin of the Minneapolis Police Department. . .

Pearson supports the “Black Lives Matter” movement — which highlights the disproportionate violence against black Americans perpetrated by law enforcement — but believes there is a better way to express solidarity with victims than violence, looting, or hashtags.

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