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USC students inspired by actions in Ferguson Missouri

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Bryant shares his experience in Ferguson. He expressed he learned a lot about himself from the trip. Bryant shares his experience in Ferguson. He expressed he learned a lot about himself from the trip.
Carl looks over footage of his poem From Ferguson...WIth Love. He hopes that putting it on the web, will help the message spread across the country. Carl looks over footage of his poem From Ferguson...WIth Love. He hopes that putting it on the web, will help the message spread across the country.

 By Shana Bethea

When people found out teenager Michael Brown was shot and killed by police officer Darren Wilson, many had strong feelings on the subject.

South Carolina native Bryant White was not one of them.

"To be honest, I wasn't really that invested. I had looked up the case but I didn't have any strong feeling about it," said Bryant.

Bryant is a sound engineering student at Savannah College of Art and Design. He decided to help a classmate who is shooting a documentary called Black Summer. The documentary focuses on police brutality towards African Americans and the civil unrest that follows.

Bryant had to be in the heart of the action to shoot the documentary. After two days of filming he admitted that for him it was no longer a job.

"I went to Mike Brown's memorial, I had to have the guns pulled out on me, I tasted the mace. Just being surrounded by all those people and being in the in the midst of it all. After that it was all passion from then on," said Bryant.

People in Columbia who could not go to Ferguson, still wanted to find some way to get involved.

USC's Association of African American Students have held forums on knowing how to behave around police and encouraged them to participate in peaceful rallies like the National Moment of Silence

"We think its important to educate people, because it keeps happening and it could be any of us. Young, African American, he was going to college, it could have been me. It could still be me," expressed AAAS President Aaron Greene.

Many people feel the movement in Ferguson is inspiring people across the country.

"I remember watching a live stream footage from the city and seeing a protest and just wanting to send them a message," said Carl Lewers, a USC student.

The message Carl sent was a poem he released entitled "From Ferguson....With Love.

He said that he wanted the poem to speak on racial prejudice and inspire people to get involved in the situation.

Ferguson inspired Carl but Bryant left the city feeling negative.

"I felt disgusted. I disappointed to say that I feel like I made no difference there. I left wondering if a victory is even possible in this country," Bryant says

Bryant says that he plans on returning to Ferguson to do more filming. He says that when he does return he hopes the city will have found peace.

 

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