Michael O.D. Brown. was eighteen, black, unarmed and gunned down in broad daylight, around noon on August 9, 2014, in the middle of Canfield Drive by a Ferguson police officer.  In the days that followed, no police report was released, only a video by the Ferguson police department assassinating Michael’s character.  His brutal killing sparked protests all over the country, gaining international attention and support.

But before the news media, the Nation, and the United Nations knew his name, he was just Mike Mike, as family and friends affectionately called him.  From the moment he arrived he wasn’t just the apple of his mother’s eye, but he was adored, dotted over, and loved, by both his maternal and paternal grandparents, who helped with his rearing. He was a beautiful surprise – this first son, first grandson, and first nephew. 

Today, like a phoenix, rising from the bitter ashes the fires of Ferguson left behind, his mother, Lezley McSpadden stands strong.  She is a survivor, as she continues to fight for justice for her son.  She is also calling for equality, an end to racial profiling, and for a change in the laws of how our county police’s ALL citizens.