Michael Brown ‘s mother, Lesley McSpadden, is still grieving but has found a way to turn her grief into something positive. She has founded The Michael O.D. Brown “We Love Our Sons & Daughters Foundation” and the Rainbow of Mother’s initiative to help young people and mothers who have lost children to violence.
“We had our very first meeting May 1st. It’s a foundation built all around my son, especially for the youth with special programs for mothers who are mourning the loss of sons and daughters,” McSpadden said.
“It’s more so a lot of questions. People want to know what do I do? I think that question comes after you seek justice and you don’t get it. With my son being a catalyst that sparked such a big movement, we were hoping to see something different. We’re still expecting to see something different. I have so many questions asked but I can’t answer them. I have questions of my own. The system failed us.”
McSpadden is still trying to come to terms with her son’s violent death as well as the movement that sprung up in the wake of his death. But in terms of raising a Black male, McSpadden says the only advice she can offer is to do the best you can with the values and morals that were instilled in you.
“We all were raised differently but I’m quite sure the respect level was instilled in all of us. Everybody has to respect everybody. We have a lot of disrespect going on in St. Louis. I’ve been here all my life. I live in the same house, I drive the same car. I’m trying to stay in the same lane I was in before this happened to my son. I have three other children and its hard to make a transition like you’ve been forced to do. If I don’t get up everyday and laugh and joke with them and get some of the support that I need, then it will take me to a depression stage. And I don’t want to be depressed. I have a 6-year-old, a 10-year-old and a 16-year-old,” she says.
As far as any message she has for young people, she says that we have to embrace children with positivity and keep them on a positive path.
“Be encouraged,” McSpadden says. “Keep talking to them, keep loving them. You have to stay positive when it comes to dealing with kids. They go off what you show them, not what you tell them. We have to show them what our elders showed us on how to be humble and be peaceful. But we are in a war here, whether we like it or not. I can tell you what Congresswoman in California told me ‘You can be on the table or be on the menu.’ I don’t want to be on the menu.”
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Hands Up, Don’t Shoot: Ferguson Sparks A Social Photo Protest
1. A Call To Action1 of 39
2. Young Black Men Support2 of 39
3. No Justice, No Peace!3 of 39
4. Hands Up4 of 39
5. Don’t Shoot5 of 39
6. Beyond Color6 of 39
7. Youth Movement7 of 39
8. Don’t Shoot8 of 39
9. Generational Support9 of 39
10. Activists Of Our Generation10 of 39
11. Gathering Crowds11 of 39
12. Mike Brown’s Mother12 of 39
13. The Revolution Will Be Socially Shared13 of 39
14. Anonymous?14 of 39
15. T-Shirt With A Message15 of 39
16. RIP Mike16 of 39
17. Hands Up17 of 39
18. We Are One Race18 of 39
19. Do I Fit The Description?19 of 39
20. Am I Next?20 of 39
21. A Happy Protestor21 of 39
22. We Are Praying With My Feet22 of 39
23. Masked Supporter23 of 39
24. A Stand Off24 of 39
25. The Power Of Banning Together25 of 39
26. We Want Answers26 of 39
27. Brave Supporters27 of 39
28. We Need Justice28 of 39
29. Hands Up29 of 39
30. Don’t Shoot!30 of 39
31. Passive Aggressive31 of 39
32. The People Flee32 of 39
33. Hell No, We Won’t Go!33 of 39
34. Solidarity34 of 39
35. Assume The Position35 of 39
36. A Sniper, Really?36 of 39
37. Never Give Up37 of 39
38. Is It A Race Thing?38 of 39
39. A Powerful Image39 of 39
Michael Brown’s Mother Lesley McSpadden On New Foundation And Black Youth: ‘Be Encouraged’ was originally published on blackamericaweb.com