During a back-to-school meeting at Howard University this week, a group of students decided to take a picture to symbolize their feelings on current events in Ferguson, Missouri.
Eighteen-year-old Michael Brown was shot and killed by police on Saturday in the St. Louis neighborhood. Witnesses contend Brown cooperated and placed his hands in the air, but the St. Louis County police chief says the teenager "physically assaulted" the officer and tried to grab his gun.
The Howard students were meeting to discuss freshman housing at the historically black college in Washington, D.C., according to Twitter user Megan Sims.
Howard University, in a Facebook post Thursday, said that it was "proud of our students who have united peacefully to show they will not stand for the senseless violence anymore. Thank you to the Howard University Student Association for leading and organizing this display of solidarity."
Sims said on Twitter that the students decided "they needed to respond to the Mike Brown issue." So, they took a picture of themselves with their hands up.
— Megan Sims (@The_Blackness48) August 14, 2014
Protesters in Ferguson have held demonstrations the past four nights. School was supposed to start there on Thursday, but has been delayed due to clashes between police and the demonstrators.
President Obama, speaking from Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, addressed the nation Thursday, saying that he's concerned about the rising tensions in the area.
"Now's the time for healing. Now's the time for peace and calm on the streets of Ferguson," Obama said.
Photos of the looting and demonstrations are flooding Twitter and Facebook. However, one group of citizens in Ferguson is trying to show their community in a different light.
A YouTube video showing pictures of locals working in gardens, selling lemonade and enjoying their community has popped up on Facebook.
User Ferglove writes that the video was created to show "others who may be seeing Ferguson for the first time what this community really looks like."