Students gather in vigil on campus

Western students organized a pair of ceremonies on Aug. 14 in Red Square to honor the memory of Michael Brown, who died on Aug. 9 at the hands of police in Ferguson, Mo. The death of Brown, an 18-year-old black man who was unarmed at the time of his death, set off several days of protests in Ferguson as well as discussions on social media.

The gathering in Red Square was one of many throughout the nation held to remember Brown and to observe a moment of silence. The gathering included a candlelight vigil, speeches, songs and a forum for those in attendance to speak to the crowd.

When announcing the event on Wednesday, Annika Wolters, the WWU Associated Students president, said the gathering was "an opportunity for students to say whatever they need to say to help them heal. It's a place for students to come learn about the event and share their feelings."