Anniversary of Michael Brown’s death

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Hundreds march in Ferguson on the anniversary of Michael Brown’s death

SEVERAL hundred people commemorating the police shooting of unarmed black teen Michael Brown have marched through Ferguson, Missouri, on the eve of the first anniversary of his death.

Led by Mr Brown’s father, also named Michael, and the rest of his family, the crowd worked its way along one of the avenues hit by fierce rioting last November after a court decided not to indict the white officer who shot 18-year-old Michael Brown.

Father’s pride ... Michael Brown Sr. takes part in a parade in honour of his son, Michael

Father’s pride ... Michael Brown Sr. takes part in a parade in honour of his son, Michael Brown. Picture: AP/Jeff Roberson Source: AP

Saturday’s rally was peaceful and boisterous, with a children’s marching band bringing up the rear of the parade. A large contingent of police was on hand.

March for change ... Children play as a part of a marching band during a rally in Ferguso

March for change ... Children play as a part of a marching band during a rally in Ferguson, Missouri. Picture: AFP/Michael B. Thomas Source: AFP

Marchers shouted slogans such as “Hands up, don’t shoot” and “We do this for who? We do this for Mike Brown.” The procession concluded at Normandy High School, which Mr Brown attended.

Mr Brown Sr. told reporters he was working hard at “keeping my son’s life still around”.

“That means helping families and young people,” he said, “whatever I can do to empower us as a people.”

Lasting legacy ... Michael Brown Sr. stops to touch an adopt-a-highway sign with his son’

Lasting legacy ... Michael Brown Sr. stops to touch an adopt-a-highway sign with his son’s name as he takes part in a parade in his memory. Picture: AP/Jeff Roberson Source: AP

Asked what has changed in America’s tortured race relations over the past year, Mr Brown said, “Nothing, for me. Some families got justice through Michael Brown’s legacy, and that helped them. But I’m still trying to get through.”

Among the main events on Sunday, marchers will observe silence for four-and-a-half minutes to represent the four-and-a-half hours Mr Brown’s body was left in the street after the shooting, until it was taken away.

They will also stage a silent march to a church and hold a religious service.

Michael Brown Sr. along with family and friends stop to pray at a memorial to Brown's son

Michael Brown Sr. along with family and friends stop to pray at a memorial to Brown's son. Picture: AP /Jeff RobersonSource: AP

The riots that erupted in Ferguson spread to other US cities and energised debate on how white police in America treat blacks, especially young black men, particularly when it comes to the use of lethal force.

A string of police killings of black suspects since the shooting has triggered an outpouring of anger at perceived police racism and prompted calls for change.

Touching tribute ... A plaque in memory of Michael Brown is seen in a sidewalk near where

Touching tribute ... A plaque in memory of Michael Brown is seen in a sidewalk near where he was shot and killed last year. Picture: AP Photo/Jeff Roberson Source: AP

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