PHOTOS: National Moment of Silence in Honor of Michael Brown

To honor the life of 18-year-old Michael Brown, cities in 30 states held national moments of silence on Thursday, August 14. Feminista Jones spread the word on social media, and states immediately signed on to host vigils in support. Using #NMOS14, people live tweeted their local demonstrations, and shared powerful images of the peaceful protests in their community. Here’s a look back at vigils that honored Michael Brown’s life. 

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DeQuan Shanks leads protesters in raising their arms at Lake Eola park during the "National Moment of Silence" event at the Lake Eola bandshell in downtown Orlando, Florida on Thursday, August 14, 2014. In light of the recent killing of eighteen year old Mike Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, citizens across America are gathering in solidarity to hold vigils and observe a moment of silence to honor victims of suspected police brutality.

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People in the crowd raise their hands during a moment of silence Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014, in St. Louis for Michael Brown, an unarmed teenager who was shot and killed by Ferguson, Mo., police. People in more than 90 cities observed Thursday's National Moment of Silence. The vigils come in the wake of the fatal shooting of Brown, and the death of a New York City man caused by a police officer's chokehold.

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Hundreds of people gather at Meridian Hill (Malcolm X) Park for a peaceful vigil and moment of silence in honor of innocent lives lost and and those who have been affected by police brutality on Thursday, August 14, 2014, in Washington, DC. This National Moment of Silence was sparked by, among other instances, the killing of unarmed teen Michael Brown by a police officer in Ferguson, MO. Hundreds of groups around the nation held similar rallies at 7pm Eastern time to show solidarity.

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Demonstrators hold their hands up during a moment of silence on August 14, 2014 in Oakland, California. Hundreds of demonstrators observed a national moment of silence in solidarity with police brutality victims including 18-year-old Michael Brown, an unarmed teen fatally shot by police in Ferguson, Missouri.

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Demonstrators hold candles and signs during a moment of silence on August 14, 2014 in Oakland, California. Hundreds of demonstrators observed a national moment of silence in solidarity with police brutality victims including 18-year-old Michael Brown, an unarmed teen fatally shot by police in Ferguson, Missouri.

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A demonstrator holds a sign during a moment of silence on August 14, 2014 in Oakland, California. Hundreds of demonstrators observed a national moment of silence in solidarity with police brutality victims including 18-year-old Michael Brown, an unarmed teen fatally shot by police in Ferguson, Missouri.

7 of 10 Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Post via Getty Images

Hundreds of people gather at Meridian Hill (Malcolm X) Park for a peaceful vigil and moment of silence in honor of innocent lives lost and and those who have been affected by police brutality on Thursday, August 14, 2014, in Washington, DC. This National Moment of Silence was sparked by, among other instances, the killing of unarmed teen Michael Brown by a police officer in Ferguson, MO. Hundreds of groups around the nation held similar rallies at 7pm Eastern time to show solidarity.

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Erika Totten, center holding signs, is among the hundreds of people gathered at Meridian Hill (Malcolm X) Park for a peaceful vigil and moment of silence in honor of innocent lives lost and and those who have been affected by police brutality on Thursday, August 14, 2014, in Washington, DC. This National Moment of Silence was sparked by, among other instances, the killing of unarmed teen Michael Brown by a police officer in Ferguson, MO. Hundreds of groups around the nation held similar rallies at 7pm Eastern time to show solidarity.

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Erika Totten sheds tears for 'all those Black lives that are gone' as hundreds of people gather at Meridian Hill (Malcolm X) Park for a peaceful vigil and moment of silence in honor of innocent lives lost and and those who have been affected by police brutality on Thursday, August 14, 2014, in Washington, DC. This National Moment of Silence was sparked by, among other instances, the killing of unarmed teen Michael Brown by a police officer in Ferguson, MO. Hundreds of groups around the nation held similar rallies at 7pm Eastern time to show solidarity.

10 of 10 Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Post via Getty Images

Hundreds of people gather at Meridian Hill (Malcolm X) Park for a peaceful vigil and moment of silence in honor of innocent lives lost and and those who have been affected by police brutality on Thursday, August 14, 2014, in Washington, DC. This National Moment of Silence was sparked by, among other instances, the killing of unarmed teen Michael Brown by a police officer in Ferguson, MO. Hundreds of groups around the nation held similar rallies at 7pm Eastern time to show solidarity.

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