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 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."
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.
As the mile-long column marched down the main street of Florissant, whole families poured from their doors and joined the procession: the peoples' struggle is the workers' struggle.
The interviews with people in Ferguson demonstrate how what should have been a week of peaceful protest became for Ferguson the trauma of experiencing police terrorism.
"Due to huge turnout, it took me hours to travel the two miles from my home to the site of a rally in a packed church Sunday, a day of healing, a day of looking for answers."
Everywhere the message was the same: There is no excuse in the United States of America for rifles and heavy weaponry to be aimed at people exercising their right to peaceful protest.
The high level of tension in the town resulting from the Aug. 9 police killing of an unarmed Michael Brown, 17, has created an extremely volatile situation.
Those who knew Garner personally explained that the contact with police was in response to a fight that broke out where Garner intervened as the peacemaker.