July 14, 2019
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The fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer on Aug. 9, 2014, ignited months of protests and helped fuel a broad debate about law enforcement, social justice and reform. The north St. Louis County community found itself thrust into the national spotlight, and the name Ferguson became synonymous with racial unrest, injustice and demands for change.
But as the nation debated the meaning of Ferguson, the city remained home to thousands of people who weathered the storms, fought for reform and persisted despite the challenges. In the months leading up to the fifth anniversary of Brown's death, Post-Dispatch photographers fanned out across Ferguson to show life in the city today.
"We have to be paying close attention to how our government interacts with its citizens and how we interact with other people and we have to keep fighting back."
"I also want people to understand that this is broader than just the death of a young man, but this is about a bigger systemic issue dealing with racism ..."
"If there's no working together, how can change be comprehensive for all of us in the community?"
"I really hope that people will come together and work with the people that are putting money into a community and really work together to make it into a community that people enjoy to live in and people want to live in."
"It's the community that determines the legitimacy and knowing that we should always be the one first to the message on describing how our community is viewed."
Assistant Multimedia Director
Cristina M. Fletes