Michael Brown, Sr., whose son was an unarmed African American teen fatally shot by police in Ferguson, Missouri, and whose death spurred Black Lives Matter into a national movement, will speak on the North Seattle College campus on Wednesday, Oct. 26.
The senior Michael Brown will share "Chosen for Change - A Father's Perspective," which details his experience with his son’s death. his joys as a parent, his loss and his own guilt, with the ultimate goal of preventing similar tragedies. Brown has turned the pain and challenges of the loss into an opportunity for change and will talk about his Chosen for Change Foundation, which was created in memory of his son.
“The name ‘Mike Brown’ has become the national symbol of police shootings of unarmed black men. For me, I feel obligated to keep stressing the deeper meaning of his name. Because of my son’s death and the justice we’re still seeking, hurting people—grieving people who’ve lost their children to gun violence or police brutality—reach out to me,” Brown said. “They invite me to speak at gatherings. There is a small level of comfort in being in the company of the wounded, the lost, the other parents who understand that we can’t possibly move on.”
The younger Michael Brown’s death, along with other high-profile deaths of young black men, sparked protests and riots in Ferguson, which gained national media attention. The media attention and social media outcry that followed propelled Black Lives Matter from a rallying cry into a national movement and similar events in 2016 have prompted difficult but necessary conversations about racial injustice.
It is time, as poet Elizabeth Alexander says, for Americans to begin a more nuanced civic conversation about race and culture. In an effort to continue those conversations and reflect on how we may have more compassion, understanding and empathy, the Student Leadership Events Board at North Seattle College invited Michael Brown, Sr. to speak on campus.
About the Event
Wed., Oct. 26
Multipurpose Room, College Center Building 1456
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