‘Everything here is a teaching moment’: college students head to Ferguson for alternative spring break

‘Everything here is a teaching moment’: college students head to Ferguson for alternative spring break

March 17, 2015
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photo 4It’s that time of the year again, when high school and college students across the country get ready to head south and hit the beach. But this year, a couple hundred of them have picked an unusual destination for their week away from classes, heading to suburban St. Louis for an “alternative” spring break.

Over the course of five weeks, students from every corner of the country are heading to Ferguson, Missouri, the town put on the map after the August 9 killing of Michael Brown by local police officer Darren Wilson — and the massive nationwide protests that followed it.

But while protests are ongoing, and the recent release of a scathing Department of Justice report accusing the Ferguson police department of racial bias has reignited them, organizers have made it clear that this spring break is about community service, not protest.

[keep reading at VICE News]

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