Ferguson Voices

PROOF: Media for Social Justice and the University Of Dayton's Human Rights Center launched the latest PROOF exhibition, "Ferguson Voices: Disrupting the Frame" at the Roesch Library at the University of Dayton in January 2017. Part of the Moral Courage Project, the exhibition features photographs from Mark Katzman.

The people of Ferguson have a story to tell – and one that the majority of those in the United States have not heard or fully understood.

This story is even more urgent today.

The death of Michael Brown sparked outrage and launched a movement due to what many have known to be true throughout America’s history: For too long people of color have been systematically targeted and criminalized.

Ferguson isn’t the only community where disenfranchisement and inequality is manifest, but it has become a symbol. “Ferguson is everywhere” became the rallying cry in the days, months and years since Michael’s death. Unwarranted traffic stops, fines and arrests of people of color are a regular experience for those who either grew up in or still live in the area. But these truths are not unique to Ferguson; they are replicated across the country.

The stories and images captured in Ferguson Voices: Disrupting the Frame are a testament not only to the systemic discrimination that the Ferguson protests laid bare, but also to the power of transformative action taken to foster community, accountability and justice.

The Moral Courage Project, a collaboration between students engaged with the University of Dayton’s Human Rights Center and PROOF: Media for Social Justice, is an attempt to spotlight and honor those who responded to the August 9, 2014 death of Michael Brown.

Click on the icons below to learn more about Ferguson through the stories of those who were there.

TRAVEL LOG
Roesch Library, OH
Dayton Metro Library, OH
St. Louis Public Library, MO
St. Louis University, MO
Newark Public Library, NJ
Phillps Exeter Academy, NH
Denison University, OH

PROJECT TEAM

TEAM LEADERS
Leora Kahn
Joel R. Pruce
Jimmie Briggs

TEAM MEMBERS
Olivia Blackburn
Francesca Chaba
Amanda Dee
Steven Dougherty
Jada Woods
Bradley Petrella
Leena Sabagh
Sydney Thomas
Kwynn Townsend-Riley

PHOTOGRAPHER
Mark Katzman

EXHIBITION GRAPHIC DESIGN
Willhemina Wahlin

EXHIBITION PRE PRESS & FABRICATION
Kate Hixon

INTERACTIVE SITE DESIGN
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