Tuesday, August 4, 2015

StoryCorps: One photo reunites two Ferguson protesters

PHOTO BY ROBERT COHEN OF THE ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, DISTRIBUTED BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS AND THEN PUBLISHED ONLINE BY THE KANSAS CITY STAR.

Following the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson on Aug. 9, 2014, the world watched the aftermath of the shooting and the subsequent demonstrations and police actions through news coverage, including many stirring photographs.

One of those photos was taken by St. Louis Post Dispatch photographer Robert Cohen. It was part of a portfolio of work that won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for breaking news photography. The picture shows a young man, body tensed in anguish, his face in a scream of sorrow, anger, frustration and fear. He is surrounded by other young people and one adult woman, her face grimaced with sadness, her hand on his shoulder in an attempt to comfort him.

Those two subjects, 21-year-old Jamell Spann and 47-year-old Elizabeth Vega, sat down at StoryCorps St. Louis to talk about the Michael Brown shooting and that photographic moment in time.--SHULA NEUMAN

StoryCorps is a national nonprofit that gives people the chance to interview friends and loved ones about their lives. These conversations are archived at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, allowing participants to leave a legacy for future generations. Learn more, including how to interview someone in your life, at StoryCorps.org.

Listen to it here:http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/storycorps-one-photo-reunites-two-ferguson-protesters

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