Session Type(s): Panel
Starts: Friday, Jul. 15 5:00 PM (Eastern)
Ends: Friday, Jul. 15 6:15 PM (Eastern)
Join us for a powerful and emotional conversation with fathers of children murdered at the hands of the police. Hear how they navigate a criminal justice institution that too often views them as criminal. What are the realities that fathers face in the wake of “justifiable homicides” of their own children? And how are these fathers contributing to the movement for freedom and justice today? These questions and more will be explored in this panel.
In Ferguson, MO on August 9, 2014 unarmed 18-year-old Michael
Brown, Jr. was shot and killed by white police officer Darren Wilson.
Michael had just graduated from high school and was scheduled to
begin vocational training classes just two days later. After his
graduation, he told his father Michael Brown, Sr. “One day, the world
is gonna’ know my name. I’ll probably have to go away for a while,
but I’m coming back to save my city.” Unfortunately, those words
have come true for the Brown family, and Mike Brown, Sr is bringing
his story and his foundation, Chosen for Change, to Colleges and
Universities across the Nation.
“The name ‘Mike Brown’ has become the national symbol of police shootings of unarmed Black men. For me, I feel obligated to keep stressing the deeper meaning of his words. 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.
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.
Ron Davis was born in Harlem NY and resided in Queens. He currently lives in Jacksonville, FL. After Jordan Davis’ untimely and tragic death, his father Ron Davis became a steadfast activist working to prevent the use of “Stand Your Ground ” laws to justify unprovoked killings. He is a member of the U.S. Human Rights Netwk. Davis spoke at a United Nations Conference in Geneva, Switzerland prompting UN Reps to condemn policies of Racial Discrimination against people of color in the U.S.
Andrew Joseph, Jr. is a native of New Orleans and current resident of Tampa, FL after Hurricane Katrina. Mr. Joseph is a victim advocate and co-founder of The Andrew Joseph Foundation.org. He is the father of a deceased 14-year-old child named Andrew Joseph, III. His work in community organizing, advocacy and empowerment began with adjudicated youths within the school system and juvenile justice system 21 years ago.
Andrew Joseph, Jr. graduated with a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Grambling State University, Grambling, Louisiana. After receiving his education, he interned with legal groups at varied law firms and judicial arenas supporting the rights of youth and families in rural Louisiana to navigate the system toward freedom and equality. In his efforts he was inspired with the vision, strength and character to make the difference in the lives of children and many of his client’s families.
In February, 2014, the unimaginable occurred when his child was negated by the very system that he interfaced with daily. Since his son’s death, the quest for accountability and amplification of civil and human rights for youth and children has been at the forefront of his increased advocacy in helping young people around the world live, grow and be nurtured within communities that love and support them.