By: Obehi Imarenezor
August 9th, 2015 marked the one year anniversary since the unarmed African American teenager, Mike Brown, was fatally shot by Darren Wilson, a 28, year-old, white Ferguson police officer. Many can agree that Mike Brown’s death sparked a mass amount of controversy, along with large protests (including incidents of rioting and arson) and numerous national debates dealing with racial profiling, and justice.
To this day, Mike Brown’s name and legacy still lives on. Protesters gathered on the one year anniversary of Mike Brown’s death and participate in a march led by Michael Brown, Sr. in honor of his deceased son. The march started with a group prayer at the memorial site. Following the prayer, the group went on and marched five miles to Mike Brown’s school, along with Da Warehouse Warriors Youth Marching Machine leading the way.
Although it has been a full year since the occurrence of the Mike Brown tragedy, based on the increase in awareness of police brutality, not much progress has been made towards police reform.
Another name was added to that list last Friday when unarmed 19-year-old Christian Taylor, a college football player, was shot and killed by a police officer in suburban Arlington, Texas.
The repeated prejudice and violence against minorities in America has caused an increase in awareness across the country. Everyone from extreme activists to journalists to people who simply want to gain more knowledge or share their opinions or thoughts on the issues have taken to social media networks. For example, these activists have created hash tags such as #BlackLivesMatter, shared videos of violent crimes committed by authorities, and organize rallies for protests like the Justice or Else march that will be held on October 10, 2015 in Washington D.C.
Mike Brown would have been 19 years old and going into his sophomore year in college. He is more than just a hash tag and may his name never be forgotten!