Long gone are the childlike days when I viewed the police as heroes. The notion that I could mind my own business and not be persecuted in the streets from a policeman was stripped away from me on August 9th 2014.
What is it to be a Black woman in this country and to contemplate being a parent? It is having so many hopes and dreams, but also nightmares fueled by the daily reminder of the fact that hate and a criminal justice system warped by racism would put my child at risk.
This year, since August 9th , 2014, has deepened my understanding of our collective responsibility to resist. Resistance is Black tradition. I will be forever indebted to Michael Brown, Jr. for reviving my spirit and revealing our strength.
I want the world to be inspired by the impact of Mike-Mike's death, which has awakened this country not only to the disparities in our justice system and communities, but also the need for us to pay attention to the younger generation.
"As Judge Dredd would say, 'I AM THE LAW', well, me too!" -- An American cop. It has been time for reform. Judge Dredd does not exist in the memories of moviegoers and its message should not exist in American society.
Wesley Lowery found himself inserted into the story of Ferguson during last year's protests when he was arrested by St. Louis Country Sheriffs' officers. The young reporter speaks on how the death of Mike Brown has impacted his work and how the moment changed things for him on the ground.
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon describes lessons learned in his state after the death of Michael Brown and the protests that followed. One year later, Nixon discusses the importance of peaceful protest, the ubiquity of cameras and the law enforcement changes made in Ferguson and throughout his state.