Couple Gets Engaged During Moving Black Lives Matter Protest Moment

Xavier Young and Marjorie Alston captured the nation's attention when they got engaged in the middle of a protest in Raleigh, North Carolina
von Cydney Contreras Jun 04, 2020 01:32Tags
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"Making history while witnessing history."

Across the United States, countless emotional pictures have emerged of those participating in the protests ignited by the police killing of George Floyd. Crowds of people, including celebrities like HalseyAriana Grande and Nick Cannon among others, have been photographed marching in unity. But this weekend, one particular image caught the eye of many individuals on social media: A man proposing to his girlfriend during a protest. 

In a conversation with E! News, Xavier Young revealed that the proposal nearly didn't happen in the way it did. He shared that he and fiancée Marjorie Alston weren't going to go at first because she's pregnant and he had prior obligations. "I didn't want her out there alone," he explained.

Luckily, Xavier was able to cancel his plans and started packing a book bag with the essentials, along with the ring that he "snuck" in. 

As they made their way over to the protests in Raleigh, North Carolina, Xavier said he "completely forgot" he had the ring in his bag. 

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However, when the opportune moment arrived, Xavier said he told Marjorie and their friend to stop on the sidewalk so he could grab his water. And then, in his own words, "boom, proposal."