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[MUSIC] Black lives matter! Black lives matter! Black lives matter! [MUSIC] Everyone saw What happened to my son that day, and how they let him let him lay there in the street for several hours, how they treated him like he was not a human being. My firstborn. I wrote a book to tell my story and his. Our 18 years that we had together. So other people would really know Michael Brown's character. And how he was loved, and had a family that loved him. And that he did come from a good background. [BLANK_AUDIO] In the book Called tell the truth and shame all the devils. You will learn about Michael's charisma, his love he had for his other siblings, his brother and sisters, and how he was just this A-1 person to all of his friends. [BLANK_AUDIO] I also started a foundation to keep my son's legacy alive. And within our foundation we offer support to mother like myself, Lucy and Sabrina. [BLANK_AUDIO] We really need Everyone to come together to empower us as well. Because this a whole journey once you're thrust into it, having to walk every day of your life and you don't get anything to help you heal. [BLANK_AUDIO] As far as justice, I'm speaking of [BLANK_AUDIO] Today, I just want everyone to know that this isn't an easy thing to do. And to walk out to a room like this and see a crowd of people that obviously support you and come to hear you speak, that is empowering to me. So thank you Essence. Thank you everyone here. [APPLAUSE] Please continue to support and love one another and know that with the numbers, we can do great things. [BLANK_AUDIO]

Michael Brown’s Mother And Sister Graduating On The Same Day Is A Heartfelt Moment You Have To See

After dropping out of high school nearly two decades ago, Lezley McSpadden accepted her high school degree alongside her daughter.


Nearly three years after Michael Brown was fatally shot by police in Ferguson, his mother and little sister graduated from high school on the same day.

Lezley McSpadden —the mother of unarmed teenager gunned down by police in 2014 — graduated from Jennings Senior High School on Friday at Chaifetz Arena. Deja Brown, Michael’s little sister, graduated alongside McSpadden.

While the two attended the same school, Deja told St. Louis American that her mom “would just go to afternoon class, so we never really interacted at school or in class or anything.”

“But I did help her on homework. Like, math, she was like, ‘I’m stuck! I don’t understand this!’ so I would try to help her the best I could, because it was Geometry, which I took already,” she continued. 

Deja, who is expected to attend Tennessee State University this fall, plans to become a neonatal nurse. As St. Louis American reports, Brown is currently working in healthcare and plans to become a certified pharmacy technician this summer. 

Her mother, who became the first graduate from the school’s adult education program, said that she “has a purpose now to try to uphold the legacy of her son.”

According to St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the family’s lawyer, Benjamin Crump, said the occasion was meaningful, “especially with all they’ve been through.”

While graduation was an joyful yet tearful one, Deja told reporters that this is an especially sentimental moment for her mother, who dropped out of high school more than two decades ago. 

“I know it’s something that she’s wanted to do. She’s done it and she’s worked really hard, and she’s so excited and I’m excited for her!”

Michael Brown was fatally shot in 2014 by police officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri. Despite several witnesses who stated that Brown had his hands up in an attempt to surrender, a grand jury decided not to indict Wilson.