When Xavier Young saw his girlfriend activism in action, he just couldn’t help himself but propose.

In a video shared online, Xavier Young proposed to his lover in the middle of the streets as protesters watched.

 

“I’d been kind of just watching her protest and make her voice known and make herself known, being seen, and I was like, yeah, this is the girl I want to be with,” Xavier Young, 26, told PEOPLE.

Young down on one knee and asked girlfriend Marjorie Alston, 23, to marry him in a proposal that has since gone viral.

 

“I made it seem like I wanted to take in some water because I was hot and tired, and instead of pulling a bottle of water out of my bag, I pulled out the ring and then boom,” Young said. “It was a proposal.” 

The special moment was caught on camera by Charles Crouch, who runs the visual media company 4C Visuals Group and just happened to be watching. Young shared Crouch’s photos to Instagram with the caption, “Making history while witnessing history.”

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