The world awaits a decision from the Ferguson grand jury tonight, but two men who made the trip from Atlanta to the Missouri town have made an extraordinary effort to be there in person when it is announced.
Londrelle Hall, 28, and Ray Mills, 29, traveled the entire journey on foot, running from Georgia, through Tennessee, Kentucky, Illinois and ending in Missouri over the weekend.
The endeavor is called “The Run For Justice,” and was meant to raise awareness as well as money, through sponsors and donors, for a number of causes including “to help with bail and court fees of those wrongfully arrested during the protest of Mike Brown’s death,” to assist the family of Michael Brown, whose Aug. 9 shooting death has spurred months of unrest, and to organize a “Million Man March” in Ferguson.
“It hurts my heart that our youth think that just because they’re black and young they could be killed in the street at the hands of somebody that was supposed to protect them,” Hall told The Huffington Post on Sunday after arriving in Ferguson. “After Michael Brown, I felt compelled to change the face of the young black man, to show you don’t always have to be gunned down.”
Earlier today the Rev. Bernice King, CEO of the King Center, issued this statement regarding Ferguson.