St. Louis public TV asks, can Ferguson be a catalyst for change?

BY newsdesk  August 29, 2014 at 5:58 PM EST

Updated 5:58 p.m. EDT Aug. 29 | All eyes descended on Ferguson, Missouri, when local police officer Darren Wilson fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown, who was unarmed, on Aug. 9. Following Brown’s death, protesters took to the streets and clashed with law enforcement, revealing deep-seated racial tensions in the St. Louis suburb and the nation.

Partner station the Nine Network in St. Louis, working with KSDK NewsChannel 5, hosted a discussion with local leaders on how the tragic events in Ferguson could be a catalyst for change in the eastern Missouri city and the country. Watch the full program in the player above.

Co-hosted by Casey Nolen and Art Holliday of “Stay Tuned,” the discussion was simulcast Thursday night on the Nine Network and KSDK.

Guests on the show include:

  • Jo Mannies, St. Louis Public Radio
  • Lizz Brown, St. Louis American columnist
  • Kareem Jackson, aka “Tef Poe,” recording artist/leader in the young black community
  • Amy Hunter, director of Racial Justice, YWCA
  • Brittany Packnett, Teach for America
  • Tishaura Jones, Treasurer, City of St. Louis
  • Mike Butler, Democratic Representative-St. Louis City
  • Thomas Harvey, Arch City Defenders

The Nine Network used the hashtag #StayTunedSTL throughout the conversation. This special program is part of the Nine Network’s American Graduate initiative.