Thursday, August 14
Students at Howard University have yet again captured national attention through social media supporting social justice advocacy. This time the students from this Historically Black University are seen posting a mass message protesting the police shooting death of Ferguson, Missouri teenager Michael Brown. Two hands raised in the air is a classic gesture of surrender to authority. But protesters in Ferguson, Missouri, have turned it into a defiant symbol and a rallying cry: “Hands Up Don’t Shoot”.
The #HandsUPDontShoot photo has gone viral and can be found on every social media platform. Howard, a campus known for social activism throughout its history with the support of the Trayvon Martin shooting and the execution of Troy Davis. As of Thursday morning, the photo had been retweeted about 6,400 times from Howard University Senior twitter account Megan Sims.
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