Michael Brown

About 150 people set out from Ferguson Saturday on the first leg of a seven-day, 134 mile march to end racial profiling organized by the NAACP. Some participants, such as NAACP president Cornell William Brooks, plan on walking all the way to the governor’s mansion in Jefferson City.

Others, such as Tim and Tia Swain, are walking a day or two. The couple drove out from Indianapolis to be part of the action, but have work commitments later in the week.

Tia Swain said she and her husband are marching for equal access to justice regardless of skin color.

Missouri State University

As discussions about race continue throughout the country following a grand jury’s decision not to indict a police officer in Ferguson, Springfield area organizations are vowing to do the same. KSMU’s Julie Greene has more.

Springfield NAACP / (Facebook)

A grand jury’s decision not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson sparked reaction from not only citizens in the St. Louis suburb, but from across the nation. Officials in numerous capacities also released statements.

In Springfield, NAACP President Cheryl Clay says she is very disappointed in the decision not to indict, but encouraged peaceful protests.

(Updated at 9 p.m., Mon., Nov. 17)

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has declared a state of emergency and called out the National Guard to protect “the two pillars: safety and speech’’ that he says could be tested in the aftermath of the grand jury’s decision regarding the August police shooting that killed teenager Michael Brown. 

"Our goal is to keep the peace and allow folks' voices to be heard,'' Nixon said Monday night in a conference call with reporters.

NAACP Springfield Chapter

The result of an upcoming grand jury decision in Ferguson has prompted numerous calls for citizen safety and peaceful demonstrations. In Springfield, organizers hope to embody a unified community in Saturday’s peace rally.

The event is being conducted by the local chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and Minorities in Business (MID).

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