Seasons change, the news cycle moves on, and the Michael Brown memorial is still there on Canfield Drive in Ferguson, Missouri.
The snowbound Michael Brown memorial: pic.twitter.com/H4iLobLUwQ— Jason Rosenbaum (@jrosenbaum) February 16, 2015
The memorial, which is the site of where former Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson shot and killed Brown, has gone through quite a lot since it went up last August. Early reports indicated that police trampled over the first memorial and let dogs urinate on it. At another point, the memorial caught fire and disintegrated into ash.
The memorial's endurance through these challenges reflects the persistence of Ferguson protesters, who still feel justice was never achieved for Brown. After the grand jury reached its decision to not indict Wilson, and news broke that federal investigators likely wouldn't file charges against the former cop for allegedly violating Brown's civil rights, the memorial — and broader Ferguson movement — lives on.
The protests that started in Ferguson have grown into a much broader national movement known as Black Lives Matter. Although it began with Brown, it's now focused on all black victims of police shootings across the nation: Akai Gurley and Eric Garner in New York City, Tamir Rice in Cleveland, Rumain Brisbon in Phoenix, Jerame Reid in Bridgeton, New Jersey, and many more.