New Orleans March Marks Ferguson Grand Jury Ruling

Dec 1, 2014

Protesters stage a "die-in" for 4 1/2 minutes to mark the 4 1/2 hours the body of Michael Brown remained on the street in Ferguson, MO.
Credit Mallory Falk / WWNO

Over 300 people gathered at Lee Circle on Sunday for a peaceful demonstration in solidarity with Ferguson, Missouri. The event marked the grand jury's decision not to indict officer Darren Wilson for fatally shooting 18-year-old Michael Brown.

The demonstration was organized by Black Youth Project, a group of young activists working to end the criminalization of black youth.

Organizer Naima Savage:

“This isn’t the first or the last time that an injustice is going to be done in our community. We have to stand up and be active in our community and start this revolution ourselves. It’s got to start somewhere. It’s got to start with the people.”    

Participant Amanda Rose:

“This is so relevant for people of color — and people that are not of color — to come together as one. And so that’s what it’s about. It’s about coming out here and being a body and representing what you feel is right.”   

Marchers headed along Canal Street. They laid across streetcar lines for 4 ½ minutes to symbolize the 4 ½ hours that Brown’s body was left on the street in Ferguson.

The demonstration ended at Congo Square.