- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 24, 2014

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) - The Ferguson City Council’s lone African-American member is confident that change is coming, and for the better, to the suburban St. Louis community.

Dwayne T. James told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch (http://bit.ly/1wijs7r ) that “normal didn’t work.” Instead, he says the unrest that followed the August shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown, who was black, by a white city police officer has brought to light systemic issues that have long needed to be addressed.

James says a national movement began in Ferguson, one that is addressing economic disparity, racial profiling and other topics. He says Ferguson council members have been doing a lot of listening to angry residents over the past four-plus months, and he says their concerns are being heard.

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Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, http://www.stltoday.com

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