Michael Brown’s Mother Considering A Run For City Council
In one memorable part of Lezley McSpadden’s, Tell the Truth & Shame the Devil: The Life, Legacy, and Love of My Son Michael Brown, she writes about meeting Beyoncé and her mother Tina Knowles-Lawson. After the two exchanged pleasantries, Knowles-Lawson asked Lezley what she was going to do. It was a question that stuck with McSpadden, eventually causing her to launch The Michael O.D. Brown | We Love Our Sons & Daughters Foundation.
But she’s not finished.
According to STL Today, McSpadden is also considering a run for a City Council seat in Ferguson, Missouri, the city where her son was killed by police officer Darren Wilson.
The mention of the idea came as McSpadden sat down for a panel discussion at Harvard University, along with documentary filmmaker Jason Pollock and attorneys Jasmine Rand and Benjamin Crump, about the issues raised by Brown’s death.
Benjamin Crump, the man who served as the family’s attorney during the time when they were seeking an indictment of Wilson, prompted McSpadden to speak about what she had been considering.
She said, “What I’m contemplating is running for City Council of Ferguson.”
In response, the crowd chanted “Run, Lesley, Run.”
She continued, “There are several people back home that are willing to help me get that going and make sure that I’m treated right.”
Crump said, “What a legacy that would be—elected to the City Council and supervising the same police department that killed Michael Brown.”
Since the death of her son in 2014, McSpadden has gone back to school to receive her high school diploma. She dropped out of school once she became pregnant with Brown at 16. She said her son’s death and the subsequent protests have prompted her to seek to change how Blacks are treated by law enforcement.