Howard University Takes Striking Photo To Show Solidarity With Michael Brown And Ferguson

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Adelle Platon / August 14, 2014

As the racial tensions continue to soar in Ferguson, Mo., many members of the e-community are letting their tweets speak for themselves. Enter Howard University who took a more visual approach in response to the police killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown on Saturday (Aug. 9) and the protests going down in St. Louis. Students at the Washington D.C. HBC stood together with their hands raised in the air, a nod to several witness accounts saying that Brown raised his hands in the air just before being shot to show he was unarmed. “We had the option to opt out of the picture, but I chose to get involved because this is a very close issue to my heart,” Megan Sims, a junior at Howard, told BuzzFeed. “Police brutality has got to stop, and the number of young black men killed by trigger-happy police is rising, which breaks my heart.” The photo was said to be orchestrated by Khalil Saadiq, a student on the Howard Student Association’s advocacy committee. Sims says the photo was also in honor of Mya White, a Howard alumnus and Ferguson protestor who was reportedly shot in the head by police.

The photo was posted on Aug. 13 around 8:30pm EST, and has since garnered 9,000 retweets and over 5,000 favorites.