I am an Afro-Dominican writer, photographer, and community organizer born and raised in the Bronx, New York. My parents always had an obsession with photographing our lives ever since I was a baby. As a child, I...
This intersection of West Florissant Ave. and Ferguson Ave. was a battlezone where protestors stoodoff with militarized police armed with riot gear, tear gas, and mine-resistant vehicles in the immediate aftermath of Mike Brown's killing.
St. Louis hip-hop artist and activist Tef Poe considers the image of Michael Brown’s stepfather holding a sign saying, "Ferguson police just executed my unarmed son!!!" as the reason why he joined the movement for Black Lives.
On October 10, 2014, I traveled 16 hours on the road from the Bronx to Ferguson, Missouri, where two months prior, an unarmed Black teenager was killed by a white police officer.
The victim: Michael Brown Jr.
The killer: Darren Wilson.
The killing sparked daily protests in Ferguson that were met with an unreasonable militarized police armed with tear gas, riot gear, and mine-resistant ambush protected vehicles. Ferguson soon became the epicenter of a growing #BlackLivesMatter movement resisting racism and demanding Black civil rights.
By October, community leaders organized “Ferguson October: Weekend of Resistance,” a three-day gathering of thousands of supporters from around the world who participated in protests, marches, prayers, events, concerts, and workshops throughout Ferguson and St. Louis.