Ferguson marks anniversary of Michael Brown’s shooting
Several hundred people today held a moment of silence in the US town of Ferguson on the first anniversary of the killing of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown.
The four-and-a-half-minute tribute was meant to reflect the approximate hours that Mr Brown’s body lay in the street. A march is also being held.
The shooting of the 18-year-old by white police officer Darren Wilson sparked demonstrations across America and fueled a national protest movement against racial bias by the police.
Activists and religious figures from across the country are among those who have gathered this weekend in Ferguson, a suburb of St Louis, Missouri.
The Reverend Osagyefo Sekou from the Ferguson Action Council said last year’s events had led to some positive change in the black community but not in society at large.
“We have not seen the kind of systematic change that is necessary, whereby every other day in America a mother is not writing the eulogy of her child which shall be the elegy of the nation,” he said.
Those who gathered at the spot in the St Louis suburb where Michael Brown, 18, was fatally shot on 9 August 2014 saw two white doves released.
The crowd were then due to march in silence to a local church. Rallies are planned in other cities, including New York.