On Aug. 9, 2014, Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, was shot and killed by a white police officer in Ferguson, Mo. Brown’s death has since become a rallying cry for the end of police brutality in America.
While there have been protests and panel discussions around campus and the St. Louis area in the two months since Brown’s death, students may be seeking a more emotional outlet to deal with their feelings since the events in Ferguson.
The arts are an excellent way to reveal, process and heal painful memories and tough emotional truths. They also offer students a chance to partake in a different kind of political activism, where they can create and contribute their own voice to the community. As the St. Louis community continues to remember Ferguson and Mike Brown, students and faculty are coming up with creative ways to keep the story alive.
What: Open Mic Night
When: Thursday, Oct. 2 at 8 p.m.
Where: Graham Chapel
Hosted by Thyrsus, WU-SLam and the Social Justice Center, Catharsis wants to provide students and members of the St. Louis community with a platform to express their recent sadness, rage and frustration. Participants can sign up to perform online or at the event. Students are encouraged to come, listen and be heard.
What: Auditions for their spring semester production
When: Wednesday, Oct. 1 and Friday, Oct. 3, 7-9 p.m.
Where: DUC 276
Black Anthology is one of Wash. U.’s best and most important cultural shows, and it is sure to cover Ferguson in its show this spring. Talented actors, singers and instrumentalists are encouraged to audition. Actors must prepare a short monologue. Audition sign-ups are located online.
What: A project by senior Quamesha Brown, a Sam Fox School student
When: Oct. 9, all day. T-shirt-making demo on Oct. 6, 6-10 p.m.
Where: Everywhere on campus, plus a photo shoot at Brookings Hall at the end of the day. T-shirt-making demo on the north patio of Walker Hall.
Quamesha Brown invites any people who have ever felt targeted based on their identity to participate in her performance art piece by making and wearing a “targeted” T-shirt and then photographing the public’s response. This project is a stand against all “isms”: racism, sexism, ableism and any other “ism” that faces discrimination. Pictures of the T-shirts and the event page can be found on Facebook.
What: A digital repository for preserving and distributing media chronicling Mike Brown’s death and the events in Ferguson.
If you have a photo, story or video relating to Ferguson, share it with Documenting Ferguson, a Wash. U. library creation. Feel free to scroll through the web content and media and encourage others you know to share their experiences with the collection.