The disaster and the resulting deaths shocked the mining communities of Raleigh and Boone Counties and left the dead miners' families grieving.
A young man named Melvin Ray, incarcerated in Alabama's St. Clair Correctional Facility, began developing and sharing a plan for resistance to mass incarceration.
Some 100 protesters congregated on Shaw Ave. here near the spot where 18-year-old VonDerrit Myers was killed by off-duty police officer Jason Flanery.
The crowd was greeted by colorful signs and banners announcing the arrival and one-day performance of what demonstrators called the "Injustice Freak Show."
Organizers of protests planned in Ferguson are determined to see that it's peaceful. They will train people to ensure it stays that way.
Released in 2010, "The New Jim Crow" outlines the use of the justice system in the United States as a form of racial control that especially impacts young African American males.
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."
The key part of the ruling is the board's statement that orders companies to pay Social Security and compensate the workers for the extra income tax liability they facefor back pay.
"I wanted to raise awareness about this issue and to support the people of Ferguson to let them know there are people here on the west coast who care about them."