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Mother of Michael Brown
Lesley McSpadden is the mother of Michael Brown, the slain Missouri teenager who was killed by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson following an altercation at a convenience store in the suburban St. Louis city in August 2014. Read More >
In the wake of the slaying, local and nationwide protests, demonstrations and riots occurred, sparking the expansion of the Black Lives Matter movement. Following the Ferguson riots, McSpadden made numerous media appearances, speaking candidly and vocally on her mistrust for police and government officials and advocating reform including the resignation of the Ferguson police chief and mayor and Missouri Governor Jay Nixon in addition to the disbanding of the Ferguson police force. She marched on Selma, Alabama in March 2015 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the voting rights march. Read Less ^
Tell the Truth and Shame the Devil
Justice for Michael Brown 4 Years Later
"Ben [Crump] and Leslie were amazing. We had a capacity crowd of students, faculty and staff. They were both extraordinary. [They were] riveting! Thanks so much for your fine work in getting them to UCONN. It was quite a memorable evening. Fabulous!"
"Those who attended have repeatedly shared the impact of Ms. McSpadden’s presence and story. The program itself has received nothing but positive feedback. Our students and Sun Devil Community so appreciated the opportunity to meet Ms. McSpadden, learn from her experience, and feel empowered by her call to action. Thank you so much for your support in planning the program and please extend our sincerest thank you to Ms. McSpadden for joining us."
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