It has been five years since Michael Brown, Jr. was killed in Ferguson, Mo. I work at a local news organization, so my colleagues and I cover this story and its effects daily — not just when it happened or on anniversaries. But anniversaries can be an appropriate time for reflection. So for this anniversary, we found people who have been living #Ferguson these past five years, and let them tell their own stories. We built this site to share them.
It's not a long "read" — I work at a radio station after all — but more of a long "listen and look". On the anniversary of the killing of Michael Brown, we remember what it felt like on those first few confusing days in August, melting into grief, anger and distrust coming from all directions, followed by the uneasy anticipation of the grand jury's decision, the chaotic nights after no true bill and then, finally, some progress. A project by me and my colleagues at St. Louis Public Radio.