PICTURED: Lesley McSpadden’s son Michael Brown was fatally shot by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, four years ago.
FOUR YEARS after the untimely murder of 18-year-old black teen Michael Brown, who was shot by police, his mother Lesley McSpadden has made a moving announcement.
The 38-year-old revealed that she would be running for Ferguson City Council, where she will hope to advocate for for building better community relations.
Speaking exclusively to the Grio: “Yesterday made four years for my son’s death. I thought that I would wake up and would be really sad.
“But when I woke up I had a different type of energy. I had an energy of get up out this bed and go. You have work to do.
She added: “[Michael] was just speaking to me, ‘Mom it’s time for you to shake it off. It’s time for you to do what you say you want to do. And get justice for me.”
Brown’s death in 2014 sparked community unrest as protests and riots initiated the day after his fatal shooting.
His passing started a social movement when the slogan, #handsupdontshoot was adopted against police brutality.
Having lived in the community that was torn apart by the racial conflict and police violence, McSpadden is keen to make progressive steps towards change.
Since battling through her grief, she has gone back to school for her high school diploma, travelled the world to speak about her son’s death and even written a book.
She said: “The only thing that has changed within me is time. People say ‘time heals all wounds’.
“I don’t know if this wound will ever heal, but I’ve gotten wiser and educated myself to know. I’m putting my faith into God. I have no doubt that I’ll be elected.”
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