Pulling together, volunteering and pitching in when city leaders seemed unable or unwilling to - just added to the unity building during a time of profound crisis.
The new segregation, by class and income, harms students just as the old state-legalized segregation in the Solid South did.
Michael Brown is only the latest in a long list of black men and boys who have died under eerily similar circumstances.
The marchers, from all five New York City boroughs, called for reforms in the process of disciplining police officers who use unlawful force, and in police officer training.
Imagine coming home from work or school and not having access to water for cooking dinner, or not being able to take a shower after a hard day's work.
The pro-Darren Wilson folks were screaming rage-soaked insults, but the protestors stoically chanted back in unison.
"The people in this crowd should have this amazing view: It's a sea of people of every culture and heritage coming together for change."
"What we are seeing in Artesia is nothing less than a sham process that values expediency over justice".
Each had attended multiple demonstrations and strategizing meetings, protected protesters and property from police violence or acts of looting and led marches up and down the street.
The key part of the ruling is the board's statement that orders companies to pay Social Security and compensate the workers for the extra income tax liability they facefor back pay.