Peaceful And Vocal
Sat August 16, 2014
Photo Essay: Ferguson Marchers Raise Hands, Demand Justice
More than 500 people marched along West Florissant Avenue early Saturday afternoon. The racially diverse group included young and old, families, clergy members, all walking in solidarity past the burnt-out QuikTrip. The area around the convenience store that was destroyed by looters has become a focal point in the days following the shooting death of Michael Brown. Police cars from various jurisdictions followed the last of the marchers at the end, lights flashing. A St. Louis County police officer said this was to guard against other traffic running over the marchers.
Police presence was minimal.
(Left)Lamont Tellis, of Denton, Texas, said, "I drove up here last night. When I first saw the video of Mike Brown lying is the street, I knew that this was all wrong. We, as black people all have to vote and hold our elected officials accountable. I’ve been guilty of not voting. I voted for Obama. But we have to get involved in all elections, on the local and state level. We have to celebrate not just our First Amendment rights, but our 15th Amendment right to vote."
People could register to vote and buy T-shirts showing their support for Ferguson.