Brown, 18, was shot and killed by a Ferguson police officer on Aug. 9.
The UNC Black Student Movement updated students on the aftermath of the Brown killing and called for students to position themselves in the symbolic “arms up, stoic face” pose.
“We saw Howard (University) and the initial initiative on social media. Me and the executive board wanted to do something time-sensitive and contribute to the discussion,” said BSM President Trey Mangum.
About 100 students and faculty members attended the event.
Brown and his friend Dorian Johnson were walking in the middle of the street when Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, whose name was only recently released to the public, told them to get on the sidewalk. Wilson had been called to the area because of a shoplifting report in a nearby convenience store.
Brown, who police said was unarmed, was fatally shot as a result of the encounter.
Blair Kelley, an associate professor of history and a civil rights scholar at N. C. State University, said that members of the community are disturbed mainly because of the lack of information from Ferguson police, the way Brown’s body was handled and the way Brown has since been portrayed by the media.
“The disregard and the disrespect happened in the light of day,” Kelley said.