Southern students hold Ferguson march
BATON ROUGE - Southern University held a protest march Wednesday in protest of the failure to indict the Ferguson Police officer for shooting and killing an unarmed black teen in Missouri.
The marchers took to the street around 11 a.m., beginning in the courtyard of the Smith-Brown Memorial Union and marching to the Harding Boulevard exit on the Baton Rouge campus.
The union is named for Leonard D. Brown and Denver Smith, two students shot and killed during a 1972 student demonstration when sheriff's deputies forcibly cleared the building the students were occupying.
A grand jury chose not to indict Ferguson officer Darren Wilson in the Aug. 9 shooting death of Michael Brown. Protestors in Ferguson criticized the decision, and some rioters burned police cars and businesses in the Missouri town as a result.
A St. Louis activist group called the Justice for Michael Brown Leadership Coalition and several religious leaders also called for African American shoppers nationwide to boycott Black Friday shopping in protest. Consumer experts estimate black shoppers represent $1 trillion in the nation's shopping each year.
The coalition called for people to instead shop at local stores and businesses owned by African Americans.