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From anger to action: How a Black Lives Matter demonstrator …

When Keith Lamont Scott was shot dead by police in Charlotte last September, it was the latest in a string of high-profile shootings that rocked the nation – and shook the small Southern city to its core. Braxton Winston was among those angry and horrified at yet another unnecessary loss of life – and decided to take part in the protest outside of Scott’s apartment that night.

That decision would change his life forever, leading to him become a representation of civil unrest – and a year later, an unlikely champion of political change in the city.

Winston was thrust into the public eye during the tumultuous days that rocked the relatively quiet city after Scott’s death when a photo of him shirtless with a fist raised in front of armed riot police was circulated nationwide.

He’s now in the public eye again – after being elected last week as the next at-large city council member in Charlotte after running on a platform of civil rights and social change.

‘After last September I really just had to figure out what I could do, what my role was and what my purpose was,’ he told DailyMail.com.

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