Sunday 22 July 2018
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ZongoNews Radio

New wave of protest leaders emerged after Ferguson

ST. Louis – Young people thrust into activism by the fatal 2014 police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson are leading a new wave of civil disobedience in St. Louis, mentored by a civil rights movement veteran and driven by the belief that change won’t happen until the entire region is confronted with the uncomfortable reality of racism.

Protests have been plentiful in St. Louis since the mid-September acquittal of Jason Stockley, a white former officer who fatally shot a black drug suspect, Anthony Lamar Smith, in 2011 while still on the city’s police force.

The unofficial leaders of the so-called Frontline protest movement include Cori Bush, a nurse and pastor, and state Rep. Bruce Franks Jr. They’re mentored by 63-year-old Darryl Gray, a pastor with deep roots in civil rights activism.