The art rose up in the streets.

Within hours and days after Michael Brown, an unarmed, black 18-year-old, was shot and killed during a confrontation with a white Ferguson police officer Aug. 9, 2014, people took to the streets and expressed themselves.

They made signs and banners.

They chanted. They sang.

Then they wrote poetry and plays, painted paintings, made films, composed music.

Their art was not only a response to Brown’s death. It was also a way to bring understanding to issues that had angered and oppressed African Americans for generations.

“In the midst of chaos, there is also opportunity,” the Chinese military general and philosopher Sun Tzu wrote more than 2,000 years ago in "The Art of War."

These artists, writers and makers took that opportunity. It’s up to the audience to listen, look and learn. 

Valerie Schremp Hahn, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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