Photos by Andrew James.

After the recent indictment, or lack thereof of Ferguson Officer Darren Wilson by the grand jury, protests have outraged throughout the nation, one of which occurred on UNC Charlotte’s campus this Tuesday.

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), an on-campus organization gathered in front of the Student Union, along with members of the student body to form a peaceful protest.

“Today we gathered in the fight for social justice,” said Aviance Brown, president of UNC Chalortte’s NAACP chapter. “It’s important that we stand up and stand together. So we came together to commemorate the death of Mike Brown and the social injustice issues that constantly plague our society.”

Attendees were dressed in all black, in remembrance of the late Michael Brown. Some protestors held signs, which read statements such as “GOD BLESS AMERIKKKA,” “NO justice, NO silence,” and “BLACK LIVES MATTER.”

“The main message that we want to get out is that we, as young people, have to act, regardless of whether you’re black, white, Hispanic, Latino or whatever the case may be,” said Aviance. “We have to stand up and do something about this, because if we don’t, this will only continue.”

When asked about her opinion on the protests which took place in Ferguson on the night of the indictment, Aviance said, “I think that it’s necessary for them to protest peacefully…I understand that it’s hard to hold back after all this pain, but it’s something that we have to stop. We can’t respond violently, because that never solves the issue, and we will never be taken serious if we always respond in a violent manner.”

Sara Carson is the News Editor for the Niner Times and has been working with the newspaper since August 2013. She is a communications major with double minors in journalism and English.


  1. NAAWP to rally in protest of Ferguson Riots!

    The NAAWP plan to rally Tuesday 12-02-2014 evening in protest of the Ferguson Riots, as well as, recent assaults on White People in the Greater St. Louis Area.

    Thousands of mostly black protesters demonstrated against a Missouri grand jury’s decision not to prosecute a police officer for the shooting of a teenager on the steps of the National Portrait Gallery on Nov. 25 in Washington.

    The NAAWP chapter in St. Louis plans a “Ferguson Whiteout” in support of the grand jury’s decision to not charge the white police officer that fatally shot a black teenager in Missouri.

    According to news accounts, 18-year-old Michael Brown was unarmed when fatally shot Aug. 9 by Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson, 28.

    The grand jury’s decision earlier this week set off protests across the nation, including university campuses.

    The national NAAWP has been keeping a close watch on the activities in Ferguson, Missouri and elsewhere. The NAAWP decision to Rally now is sparked by recent protests, race-hate assaults on our white sisters and brothers, as well as, disruptions at retail centers during Christmas holiday shopping season.

    The St. Louis Chapter of the NAAWP rally invites supporters to join Tuesday’s gathering behind the Court House on the corner of Canal Street and St. Claude Avenue. The event will commence at 7 p.m., according to the NAAWP Facebook page.
    Mark Traina, president of the NAAWP, can be reached at (504) 231-3056.

    A statement on the group’s social media page reads “we are filled with happiness, warm comfort, and joy over this decision that the officer who shot and killed an unarmed black man with his hands in the air remain free!”

    The group calls for generous donations for Officer Wilson, as he moves forward toward the next segment of his life.

    The “Ferguson Whiteout” also urges participants to wear white sheets, along with pointy white caps!


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