PoC News in America: Ferguson, One Year Later

Nearly one year ago, we began this column as a tribute and reaction to the tragic murder of Mike Brown.


This past weekend, solidarity protests gathered in Ferguson on Saturday night and continued into Sunday to commemorate Mike Brown’s life and the strength of the #blacklivesmatter movement.

Sunday remembrances and protests included a 4.5 minute moment of silence and marches led by Mike Brown’s father, Michael Brown, Sr.

Local media outlets around the St. Louis and Missouri area reflected on the year of action and protesting that changed their community, and talked about the role of Ferguson in inspiring the #blacklivesmatter movement that has continued to grow internationally. Ferguson community members also spoke to their hope that the weekend continued to be a peaceful remembrance of tragedy and solidarity.

President Obama also spoke to NPR to describe the “great urgency” he feels in the wake of Ferguson. He also briefly spoke to the pressures of being the first black president during a time of racial tension and awareness.

You can also follow on Twitter and Tumblr as activists and community members pay tribute to Mike Brown in Ferguson, and continue to share information in real time.

For some of the best reporting around the internet about Mike Brown’s murder, revisiting Ferguson, police brutality, and the continued injustices faced by people of color in America, you can start with’s roundup. The Root and Colorlines also have reporting on Ferguson, one year later. The Root also calls special attention to the first organizers and activists around the #BlackLivesMatter and Ferguson UprisingHuffington Post also traces how the events in Ferguson, including the resulting riots and uprising, were successful.

You can also read our own coverage of the events a year ago, but the best reporting about #blacklivesmatter and the struggles of black people in America will always be black writers, such as Darnell L. Moore’s Mic roundup, and the Ferguson protestors themselves, DeRay Mckesson, Brittany Packnett and Johnetta Elzie.

Rest in power, Mike Brown. To all the activists and protestors who continue to undertake this work of solidarity building and political organizing, thank you.

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