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Carmelo Anthony, marching in Baltimore, urges calm and patience

New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony, center, marches

New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony, center, marches to Baltimore City Hall to protest the death of Freddie Gray, Thursday, April 30, 2015, in Baltimore. Credit: AP / Patrick Semansky

Knicks star Carmelo Anthony returned to his home city of Baltimore on Thursday afternoon to participate in the protest marches.

Anthony, who grew up in Baltimore, was interviewed by CNN's Ryan Young as he marched. The protest marches started on Monday afternoon in West Baltimore in response to the death of Freddie Gray. Gray died on April 19, a week after suffering injuries while in police custody.

"This is my community," Anthony told Young. "But it's not also my community, it's everybody's community. It's America's community. So for me to come back here and be a part of a community where I grew up and really get a chance to kind of talk to the people and get a feel for what's going on, I had to come. It was only right for me to come down here."

Anthony, who wore a shirt with "Cassius Clay" across the chest, appeared to be walking alone with other protesters. He urged calm and patience.

"I was one of them," Anthony said. "So when I come back home it's all love, everything is cool. But I'm here for a different cause right now. I'm supporting my community. I'm here to talk to the youth about kind of just calming things down here in the city. We shouldn't tear our city down. We've got to rebuild our city. We're going to get the justice that we want. It's going to take some time. Our message to everybody is just calm down. Just try to be patient. I know that's easier said than done right now to be patient, but we have to be patient in order for us to get what we want."

Young asked Anthony about the message being sent by young people taking up a cause and caring about something.

"We care," Anthony said. "I understand where everybody is coming from. Our community is fed up. They're fed up right now. But there's different ways that you can go about it. I'm here to kind of lead that to the right path. This is a peaceful march. This is my community. These are people I grew up with. For me to come back here and just show that type of leadership, we're together. This is one Baltimore. This is time to build our city back up, not tear it down."

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