In this Dec. 4, 2014 file photo, demonstrators participate in a rally against a grand jury's decision not to indict the police officer involved in the death of Eric Garner, in New York. Who, if anyone, is leading the emerging movement around the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner -- younger activists or legacy civil rights groups? The legacy civil rights organizations _ the National Action Network, the NAACP, the National Urban League _ last week called for people to coalesce on Saturday for a national march with the families of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, unarmed black men who have died at the hands of white police officers. Grand juries refused to indict the white police officers in those cases. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)
Students rally at the University of Minnesota to protest police brutality, Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, in Minneapolis, following Monday's announcement that a grand jury has decided not to indict Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of unarmed, black 18-year-old Michael Brown. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
(AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Justin  Moyer and Nick Kirkpatrick, THE WASHINGTON POST

(The Washington Post)—Since an unarmed black teenager was killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Mo., on Aug. 9, demonstrators have flooded America’s streets to bring the nation’s attention to what they say is an epidemic of police brutality.

Over the weekend in New York City and Oakland, Calif., they tried a different tactic. Tweeting the hashtag #BlackBrunchNYC, protesters targeted what they called “white spaces” — brunch spots.

More than 30 demonstrators staged events at restaurants such as Lallisse, Maialino and Pershing Square, Yahoo reported. The protesters, most dressed in black, read the names of African Americans killed by police punctuated with chants of “ashe,” a word from the Yoruba language of West Africa comparable to “amen.” Timed by participants, the ritual takes four-and-a-half minutes — since Michael Brown’s body was left on the street for four-and-a-half hours in Ferguson.

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