The tragedy of Ferguson brought them together, and it's the hope for social change that, one year after the shooting death of Michael Brown, keeps Alexis Templeton and Brittany Ferrell going strong. The couple met as protesters and have since founded Millennial Activists United (along with a third person) and gotten married.
Ferrell and Templeton told their story to Ebony magazine, remembering the tragedy from which their relationship grew.
"We met just as strangers that took to the streets," Ferrell said. "We were protesters that didn't know one another. Our relationship cultivated from there."
"She couldn't resist me!" added Templeton.
As protests in Ferguson and St. Louis continued, the pair spent more and more time together on the front lines. A group of them became inseparable and eventually formed Millennial Activists United (MAU), a "youth-led grassroots organization that focuses on educating and empowering our communities," according to their Facebook page.
MAU has new members, a new direction and a new sense of independence now.
"We wanna be able to come back and start doing work," Ferrell said, "established to where we can raise our own funding to do the work in the way that we wanna do it and not from an organization that's suffering from the non-profit industrialization complex."
Their determination to affect change does not come alone. This morning, President Obama addressed his own standpoint on the issue and those who criticized his initial response to the events.
"Here's one thing I will say: That I feel a great urgency to get as much done as possible," he said. "And, there's not doubt that over six and a half years on this job, I probably have an easier time juggling a lot of different issues. And, it may be that my passions show a little bit more. Just because I have been around this track for a while now."
Organizers like Ferrell and Templeton show their passions for change and their respect for other groups making a difference too.
"I think it’s dope and nobody sees how organized that looks on the inside because we’re all tryna keep it together," Templeton said, "but on the outside it looks incredibly organized in St. Louis. We’re really doing the damn thing. I think a lot of people here, in the movement, have to take a step back and see that. I think it’s great what everybody is doing."