It all started in Ferguson.

One year ago, the St. Louis suburb became the focus of national attention when 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot and killed by police officer Darren Wilson on a sunny Saturday afternoon. His body lay on the pavement in the blistering heat for hours, as news of his death spread and ignited outrage in the community.

Brown was black. Wilson is white.

The shooting and the violent protests that followed cast a light on the epidemic of police violence in black communities across America, catalyzing a national conversation on race.

But Ferguson, whose name alone carries huge weight, survived. A local politician, a library director and a small-business owner reflect on how they and their city have changed and shed light on the work that still needs to be done. Read more…

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Ferguson, in their own words