RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - It was a call to action that spread across the nation. Students at VCU and UVA walked out of class Monday standing in solidarity with protesters across the country.
"You walk out of class, your job, wherever you are, and you go to a designated area," VCU junior Shavontae Patrick said.
Led by Patrick, students met at the Compass near the student center. Students staged a "die-in" at 1:01 Monday afternoon to correspond with the national movement and time of Michael Brown's death at 12:01 Central time.
Students stayed on the ground for four and a half minutes to represent the four and a half hours Brown's body was left in the street after he had been shot and killed.
"This is not just a one-time event. This is not something that just happened," Patrick said.
Not all students were supportive but they did say they felt last weeks ruling was just, and protesting won't move America forward. These protesters disagree.
"I think its always going to be mixed feelings, say people who are standing with us in solidarity, some people are questioning, some people want to get involved," Dorado Quick said.
Students have plans to host an Open Mic event on VCU's campus at 3 p.m. Saturday on the Compass.