Debrief Staff | Contributing Writer | Wednesday, 17 December 2014

We're So Happy To Hear About The First Ferguson Protester Marriage

The Debrief: Alexis Templeton and Brittany Ferrell announce their upcoming marriage at Ferguson City Hall

One of the saddest stories of 2014 was the death of Michael Brown and the way the protesters were treated following the event. But before we lose all faith in humanity, one lovely, joyful piece of Ferguson news has emerged – two of the protesters who met during the event are getting married.

Alexis Templeton, 20, and Brittany Ferrell, 25, met in August and together founded Millennial Activists United. Templeton proposed to Ferrell at Ferguson City Hall in St Louis yesterday. Templeton told the assembled crowds ‘She’d made me happy for 130 days, and I want to make her happy for the rest of her life.’

Jamell Spann, another Ferguson resident, attended the event as the best man, telling Huffington Post ‘You were looking at two people that stood shoulder to shoulder, faced rubber bullets, tear gas and discrimination…these two women represent the idea of freedom.’ 

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Both Templeton and Ferrell are currently taking law enforcement agencies to court because of the police tactics that were used against them during the protest.  They aren’t officially married yet – their certificate requires signatures from witnesses and an ordained minister, and it expires in 30 days. 

It’s always wonderful to hear about people finding each other and falling in love, regardless of the circumstances, but Templeton and Ferrell’s marriage is hopefully a sign that after a tragic year, 2015 will be about the visibility of the protesters, and society changing for the better to recognise their work.  

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