Common is taking his Ferguson, Missouri activism right to the source. Yesterday outside the apartment complex where unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot to death by a police officer, author and TV personality Iyanla Vanzant shared a video message from the Chicago rapper, according to The St. Louis American. In the video, which you can watch below, Common calls for peaceful protest in Ferguson.
“We want to change the way the system thinks of us, the way they react to us, the way they function with us,” Common says in the clip. “So I’m encouraging you all to go out in peace. We are warriors, but we are peaceful warriors.”
Vanzant announced Common would be coming to Ferguson today, August 22, according to the American. That has not been otherwise confirmed yet, but he would be following a frequent collaborator over the years, fellow rapper Talib Kweli, who has been in Ferguson and recently appeared on CNN. Common has previously been among hip-hop figures speaking about the protests via social media. Now he’s on track to back up those words with his physical presence.