A group of protesters interrupted a St. Louis Symphony performance on Saturday with their own "requiem for Mike Brown." The flash-mob style performance started with one middle-aged African American man starting to sing as the conductor took the stage after intermission. Some 50 additional singers then joined in, according to the St. Louis American newspaper.
The performance started with the middle aged man singing a poignant question: “What side are you on, friend; what side are you on?”
The disruption of the show lasted more than 2 minutes, according to a video uploaded to YouTube of the performance.
Some members of the audience apparently supported the demonstration, and can be seen clapping after the protest. Others appeared frustrated by the interruption.
Nearly two months after the death of Brown, Ferguson residents are still divided along racial lines, according to a number of surveys conducted in the wake of the shooting.
A survey conducted by the Remington Research Group last month found 65 percent of black county residents believe Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson acted unjustly when he shot and killed Brown on Aug. 9. White residents surveyed had the opposite response; 62 percent of the whites said they believe the shooting death of Brown was justified.
It's been 58 days since Michael Brown was killed and there will more protests and civil disobedience in the coming days. Community organizers are organizing what they call "a weekend of resistance" from October 10 to 13th that will include marches, panel discussions and civil disobedience.