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. a native of New Orleans, Louisiana and current resident of Tampa, FL after Hurricane Katrina. Mr. Joseph is a current 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 towards 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. His efforts would be best highlighted in his working as a lead assistant principal within alternative learning environments for children who had been adjudicated and removed from traditional learning environments in the toughest urban neighborhoods where the odd were often stacked against its residents. His training in administrative codes and curriculum development with a focus on proper codes of ethics used within safe and conducive learning environments earned him accolades among educators and juvenile justice departments across the Southern Louisiana region.
In February, 2014, the unimaginable had occurred in the life of a father who had worked to save so many youth in the community, his very own child of 14 years old was negated by the very system that he interfaced with daily. Since this time the quest for accountability and amplification of civil and human rights for youth and children have been in 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. Mr. Joseph has traveled across the world speaking out against the systems of corruption and the overturn of such a system that destroys and annihilates protection and service to people of color. Mr. Joseph is powerful in his passion to serve as a change agent and has continued to work within his community as a youth coach, mentor and speaker to human rights.
For more information please contact us via: www.andrewjosephfoundation.com