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A photo of people with their hands up at Howard University. / @The_Blackness48 via Twitter

A photo of black students with their hands raised is becoming a symbol of solidarity after Michael Brown, an unarmed black teen, was shot by a police officer Saturday in Ferguson, Mo.

The photo was taken after Howard University students heard that alumna, Mya White, was shot in the head while protesting in Ferguson, reports WRC-TV in Washington, D.C.

"Powerful picture we took today at Howard University, " tweeted Megan Sims, or @The_Blackness48, a senior at the historically black college in Washington, D.C.

As of Thursday morning, the photo had been retweeted about 6,400 times.

Witnesses said Brown had raised his arms before he was shot, but police have not confirmed this detail and said there was a scuffle.

People in the St. Louis suburb have used the symbol of raised arms and the chant "Hands up, don't shoot" in protests over several days.

Sims said about 100 Howard students gathered to take the photo.

"The issue is bigger than Michael Brown. .... I feel like it's become apparent in this country that black men, for the most part, are being targeted by police officers," Sims said.

Talking to crowds Tuesday in Ferguson, the Rev. Al Sharpton mentioned "hands up."

"When their hands are up, you don't shoot," Sharpton said. "If you're angry, throw your arms up. If you want justice, throw your arms up."

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