While boutiques may be known for elitistism, it's not uncommon for upscale stores to mishandle interactions with diverse customers.
"I don't need all this attention, but I feel like I have to do something good with it, I have to turn my anger into something positive."
One issue kept resurfacing: how to confront and deal with the virulent racism that remains a current in U.S. life.
Freddie Gray's name tragically joins the seemingly endless list of young African American men brutally murdered at the hands of police.
The Ferguson City Council announced Monday that it will set up a civilian review board to oversee the Police Department.
"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."
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.