INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Thousands of people continue to converge on Ferguson since the grand jury’s decision to not indict police officer Darren Wilson. Nine Indiana University students who wanted to get involved in a movement for peace and justice for Michael Brown headed to Ferguson on Saturday morning.
“It’s been very emotional and it’s a culture shock. It’s our own culture, but it’s like we’re experiencing something totally different,” said IU sophomore Faith Causey.
Causey talked to our partners at WISH-TV via Facetime about her visit to Ferguson.
“I’d call it a pilgrimage because it’s something if you’re going to be a part of this movement, I think you have to experience it,” said IU junior Robert Sherrell.
Causey said they wanted to see first-hand everything they’ve watched on TV.
“You feel it so much more; it’s overwhelming,” she said.
The students are involved in several different organizations on IU’s campus. They said visiting Ferguson is an eye-opening life experience.
“It’s emotional for you. It’s vivid and personal,” said IU freshman Deveny Rhem.
The group took several pictures, including one of a memorial set up for Brown. Sherrell said it’s also where they participated in a vigil for him.
“The people here, the community here is hurting. Like no matter who we talked too, that was the common theme that people are hurting, people are hurting constantly. We need to do something about it,” Sherrell said.
Sherrell said the group took donations and non-perishable food items to Ferguson. He says it was just a day trip and they’ll be returning Saturday night.