NAACP marches in Columbia to protest Ferguson decision

4 years 5 months 3 weeks ago Tuesday, November 25 2014 Nov 25, 2014 Tuesday, November 25, 2014 6:49:00 PM CST November 25, 2014 in News
By: Jack Korte & Creighton Hayes, KOMU 8 Reporters
loading

COLUMBIA - The Columbia chapter of the NAACP and other organizations marched from Second Missionary Baptist Church in downtown Columbia to the Boone County Courthouse amphitheatre Tuesday evening to protest the grand jury's decision not to indict Darren Wilson, the officer who killed Michael Brown on Aug. 9.

Protesters started filing into Second Missionary Baptist Church starting around 4:45 p.m. They left the church at 5:15 p.m. and marched east on Broadway before turning north on 8th street toward the Boone County Courthouse. Protesters chanted phrases such as "hands up, don't shoot" as they marched. Protesters carried signs and flags, all pertaining to the decision in Ferguson. Protest leaders made sure to keep people on the sidewalk and out of the streets.

Once the march reached the Courthouse amphitheatre, several local ministers and group leaders spoke about what they call 'systematic problems' and 'continued injustice'.

Grass Roots Organizing Community Organizer Aaron Johnson said the overarching message of the march was to promote awareness.

"I think this is a moment of justice. That we see that we have a system that's broken for us and that we are gonna show that we're gonna keep being vocal," Johnson said. "We won't be silent until we live in a place that treats everyone equally."

Alaris Joyce, a protester at the courthouse gathering, said protests like this foster a sense of community.

"It shows people who may be on the line about this issue that there are other people who are there to support them in the right for justice, in the right for peace, in the right for righting the wrongs that are happening," Joyce said. "This can show people that there is a peaceful way to combat the oppression."

Karl Stout, a former U.S. Navy member, said he's proud to see so many people fighting for what they believe is right.

"I joined the Navy because I wanted to protect our country," Stout said. "I'm here trying to defend our right to not be shot, not have our children shot, and to live in peace."

With protests scheduled Tuesday in cities such as Chicago, New York and Los Angeles, Johnson said today's protest in Columbia is not a one-time thing.

"With all these movements popping up all over the country, this isn't just a moment in time, this is a movement that's beginning," Johnson said. "This is a time where we're showing all across this country that we have racial injustices that are happening, and Americans are tired of it."

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA - An all-out cleanup effort is underway in Jefferson City, where fallen roofs, busted windows, scattered trees and downed... More >>
1 hour ago Thursday, May 23 2019 May 23, 2019 Thursday, May 23, 2019 2:15:00 PM CDT May 23, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Initial assessments show the tornado that swept through part of Jefferson City Wednesday night had winds as... More >>
2 hours ago Thursday, May 23 2019 May 23, 2019 Thursday, May 23, 2019 1:23:00 PM CDT May 23, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - University of Missouri Police are thanking the public for help locating a man who went missing while being... More >>
3 hours ago Thursday, May 23 2019 May 23, 2019 Thursday, May 23, 2019 12:26:00 PM CDT May 23, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Several people in the Jefferson City area will remain without power for several days. Three Rivers Electric... More >>
3 hours ago Thursday, May 23 2019 May 23, 2019 Thursday, May 23, 2019 12:14:00 PM CDT May 23, 2019 in News
ELDON - The Eldon Police Department is continuing to sort through the catastrophic tornado aftermath around the city. Many... More >>
5 hours ago Thursday, May 23 2019 May 23, 2019 Thursday, May 23, 2019 10:33:00 AM CDT May 23, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - The University of Missouri lending assistance on several fronts to help people affected by Wednesday night's tornado in... More >>
5 hours ago Thursday, May 23 2019 May 23, 2019 Thursday, May 23, 2019 9:54:00 AM CDT May 23, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - The damage and complications from Wednesday's tornado has led to a number of school, government and business... More >>
6 hours ago Thursday, May 23 2019 May 23, 2019 Thursday, May 23, 2019 9:41:05 AM CDT May 23, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - The American Red Cross has opened several shelters following Wednesday's damaging tornado. The shelters are at... More >>
7 hours ago Thursday, May 23 2019 May 23, 2019 Thursday, May 23, 2019 8:42:00 AM CDT May 23, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Governor Mike Parson took time to thank first responders at a press conference in Jefferson City Thursday... More >>
8 hours ago Thursday, May 23 2019 May 23, 2019 Thursday, May 23, 2019 6:57:00 AM CDT May 23, 2019 in News
LAKE OF THE OZARKS -- Missouri State Highway Patrol is all hands on deck monitoring the severe weather effects that... More >>
20 hours ago Wednesday, May 22 2019 May 22, 2019 Wednesday, May 22, 2019 7:27:00 PM CDT May 22, 2019 in News
MEXICO - Missouri Military Academy has brought back its baseball team for the first time in five years. A... More >>
21 hours ago Wednesday, May 22 2019 May 22, 2019 Wednesday, May 22, 2019 5:50:00 PM CDT May 22, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY – Three campers were evacuated on Tuesday at the Mari-Osa Delta campground due to flooding. Patrick Duncan,... More >>
22 hours ago Wednesday, May 22 2019 May 22, 2019 Wednesday, May 22, 2019 5:39:00 PM CDT May 22, 2019 in News
MONITEAU COUNTY - People in Moniteau County are cleaning up extensive damage after storms came rushing through Tuesday night. ... More >>
1 day ago Wednesday, May 22 2019 May 22, 2019 Wednesday, May 22, 2019 1:26:00 PM CDT May 22, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - North Jefferson City has been ordered to evacuate by 5 p.m. due to flooding. An emergency... More >>
1 day ago Wednesday, May 22 2019 May 22, 2019 Wednesday, May 22, 2019 12:10:00 PM CDT May 22, 2019 in News
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma was bracing Wednesday for more rain, with parts of the state already flooded following days... More >>
1 day ago Wednesday, May 22 2019 May 22, 2019 Wednesday, May 22, 2019 11:50:05 AM CDT May 22, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Many roads across mid-Missouri are closed due to recent storms and heavy rain, and with more storms... More >>
1 day ago Wednesday, May 22 2019 May 22, 2019 Wednesday, May 22, 2019 11:37:00 AM CDT May 22, 2019 in News
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas paid out-of-state law firms at least $899,000 in an ultimately unsuccessful attempt to defund... More >>
1 day ago Wednesday, May 22 2019 May 22, 2019 Wednesday, May 22, 2019 11:09:00 AM CDT May 22, 2019 in News
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin-based convenience store chain Kwik Trip has removed some vegetable trays from its stores after several... More >>
1 day ago Wednesday, May 22 2019 May 22, 2019 Wednesday, May 22, 2019 9:36:00 AM CDT May 22, 2019 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 76°
4pm 80°
5pm 79°
6pm 79°
7pm 78°