At 11, Marquis Govan Has Some Things To Say About Ferguson : NPR: The St. Louis County Council convened for a regular meeting on Aug. 19. It was only a day after a particularly turbulent night in Ferguson, one filled with protests, tear gas and many arrests over the fatal shooting of a black teenager by a white police officer.
Only a couple dozen people showed up to the council meeting. Three spoke during the public comment section. One was Marquis Govan.
He lowered the microphone to match his 11-year-old height before speaking.
"The people of Ferguson, I believe, don't need tear gas thrown at them," Marquis said. "I believe they need jobs. I believe the people of Ferguson, they don't need to be hit with batons. What they need is people to be investing in their businesses."
Wearing freshly-pressed slacks, a white shirt and a tie, Marquis implored the council, and the public, to look at the underlying issues — economics and the racial makeup of the police force.