Howard U's 'Hands Up' Protest Photo Goes Viral Students show their support for Michael Brown of Ferguson By John Johnson, Newser Staff Posted Aug 14, 2014 1:20 PM CDT 73 comments Comments The 'hands up' photo from Howard University. (https://twitter.com/The_Blackness48/status/499714499688300545/photo/1) (Newser) – One of the most viewed images related to the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., is actually from Washington, DC. It's out of Howard University, to be exact, and it shows scores of students from the school making a "hands up" gesture in solidarity with Brown, reports Time. (Protesters have adopted the gesture, saying the unarmed 18-year-old had his own hands up when he was shot to death by police.) After Howard senior Megan Sims tweeted the photo, it quickly went viral, reports USA Today.