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Lesley  McSpadden

Lesley McSpadden

Mother of Michael Brown

Lesley McSpadden

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.

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.

Speaker Videos

Tell the Truth and Shame the Devil

Justice for Michael Brown 4 Years Later

Speech Topics

Michael Brown: Black Lives Do Matter