In a single moment and with a half-dozen gunshots, St. Louis was shaken to the core on Aug. 9. The shooting death of Michael Brown by Ferguson police office Darren Wilson unleashed continuous waves of local and national protest that significantly shifted the St. Louis arts scene. Since then, musicians, dancers, and visual, performing and literary artists have sung and performed, and written and painted the issues revealed by the tragedy.
Following the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson on Aug. 9, 2014, the world watched the aftermath of the shooting and the subsequent demonstrations and police actions through news coverage, including many stirring photos. One of those photos, taken by an Associated Press photographer and published in the Kansas City Star, shows a young African-American male, body tensed in anguish, his face showing a scream of sorrow, anger, frustration and fear. He is surrounded by other youth and one adult woman, her face grimaced with sadness, her hand on his shoulder in an attempt to try to comfort him.