John Lyman Center for the Performing Arts
Michael Brown Sr. and Dr. David Ragland
Chosen for Change "A Father's Perspective"
Dr. David Ragland leads a presentation and audience question-and-answer session with Michael Brown Sr., whose son, unarmed 18-year-old Mike Brown Jr., was shot and killed in Ferguson, Mo., on August 9, 2014.
Michael Brown Sr. decided to turn the pain and challenges of losing his son into an opportunity of change. Thus, "Chosen for Change Foundation" was born in loving memory of Michael Brown Jr.
It's an organization whose purpose is to empower youth by helping them realize their potential for greatness. Michael Brown Sr. is bringing his son's story and his foundation, Chosen for Change, to colleges and universities across the nation. "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. 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.' " – Mike Brown, Sr.
David Ragland, Ph.D., is co-founder and co-director for the Truth Telling Project and a visiting professor at Pacifica Graduate Institute. David studied critical race issues, peace education, philosophy and philosophy of education at University of Toledo, Teachers College Columbia University, The New School for Social Research, and Washington University of St. Louis. In the early days of the Ferguson Uprising, David helped to found the Truth Telling Project so that marginalized voices could be heard and part of moving society toward recognition of this experience to lay the groundwork for healing, reconciliation and social transformation.
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