Snapshot: Students Lead Peaceful Protest of Events in Ferguson

| August 20, 2014
Student Protest

In response to events in Ferguson, Webster students organized a peaceful demonstration at the corner of Big Bend and Edgar.

Tuesday night Webster University students led a peaceful demonstration on the home campus in Webster Groves in response to the on-going events in Ferguson, Missouri, which have captured national and international attention.

The Webster student chapter of the Association for African American Collegians (AAAC) organized the event, which was attended by approximately 75 people including students, faculty, staff and neighboring community members from Webster Groves.

Lead organizer Henry Coleman, a senior audio engineering student who is president of the AAAC chapter, was quoted in coverage of the event by St. Louis Public Radio. The article, “As Tensions Run High in Ferguson, Webster Students Stage Peaceful Protest,” described the event as “decidedly relaxed” in tone, “just the way Coleman wanted it to be.”

A University spokesman said that as an educational institution, Webster University supports the right of students to express their views through peaceful demonstration, as such gatherings encourage community dialogue on the issues of the day and enhance the educational experience. Universities such as Webster, founded in Webster Groves in 1915, have long held a role in American society as a place where difference of thought are safely debated.

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