Actress Keke Palmer and rapper J. Cole have visited protesters in Ferguson, Missouri to show their support over a shooting controversy.
The city near St. Louis has been torn apart by unrest over the past week, as groups of campaigners have taken to the streets to express their outrage over the death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown, who was shot by a local police officer.
Both Palmer and Cole decided to witness what the tense atmosphere is like first hand.
The 21-year-old actress had already been urging for unity and nonviolence during the protests on her various social media sites, but was spotted in Ferguson on Sunday.
Peace allows for your message to get through. It keeps the wrong from being twisted to look right.
— Keke Palmer (@KekePalmer) August 17, 2014
Palmer also made an appearance at the Greater Grace Church in St. Louis, where she spoke at the podium.
Meanwhile, rapper Cole, who recently released a tribute song, “Be Free,” in honor of Brown, was also in Ferguson on Sunday, first stopping by the scene of the crime where the teenager was shot.
How we feel. https://t.co/MlyX6v2Z02
— J. Cole (@JColeNC) August 15, 2014
Cole spoke to the activists about the unrest, and also stopped by a nearby gas station, where Brown was suspected of stealing a box of cigars.
— Team J. Cole (@TeamJColeNC) August 18, 2014