FERGUSON, Mo. – "Speak out, don't act out." It's the call Ferguson community leaders are making to the area's youth.
They organized an event at the Greater St. Marks Family Church Thursday to get out their message; hundreds of people marched to the church to attend.
The event was organized by state and community leaders, and by young people who say their voice has not been heard in the aftermath of the Michael Brown shooting.
"It's deeper than just the police attacking that boy. It's underlying things that need to get out, it's time to speak out," said youth speaker Arissa Calvert.
St. Louis County Councilwoman Hazel Erby was one of the head organizers.
"We're hoping this will be a calming force because they get to speak out instead of acting out," Erby said.
Organizers also passed out pamphlets explaining protesters' legal rights, how to protest the right way, and how to respond to police.
"Everyone is going out, doing their own thing, doing what they think is right. We can't do that, we can't be separated. We all have to come together despite race," said youth speaker Brandy Griffin.