Monday, Stevante Clark guided hundreds on a peaceful march downtown in the name of his brother Stephon Clark, who was killed by Sacramento police two years ago.
Tuesday morning, Gov. Gavin Newsom thanked Clark for his leadership.
As Clark and Newsom joined volunteers cleaning up graffiti left by some demonstrators downtown over the past three days, Newsom joined Clark on a Facebook Live.
When Clark asked Newsom what brought him there, Newsom’s answer was simple: you.
“Your example, your spirit,” Newsom said of Clark. “You've conducted yourself in a way that’s inspiring … You more than anyone else understand the rage that people have and understanding this moment, but doing it in a thoughtful, peaceful and constructive way.”
Clark has fought passionately for racial and economic justice not just for his family, but for Sacramento’s underserved black communities, since his brother’s death. He currently serves on the city's Measure U Community Advisory Committee.
During the Facebook Live, Newsom vowed to address some of the issues underlying the demonstrations: systemic racism and law enforcement accountability, echoing comments he made Monday.
“That’s my responsibility, my resolve, and I can’t do it without you and others in the community, real leaders,” Newsom said.
Clark signed off of the video with his signature motto: “We share the message of love, everybody love everybody.”
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