Michael Brown Sr. to address youth-police interact...

Michael Brown Sr. to address youth-police interactions Thursday

The father of a young man whose death sparked a national conversation about police treatment of African-American men will speak at MTSU.

Michael Brown Sr. will deliver an address, “Chosen for Change,” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17, in the Student Union Ballroom. The event is free and open to the public.

Michael Brown Sr.

Michael Brown Sr.

“Chosen for Change” is a nonprofit organization whose mission is “saving lives one day at a time through empowering youth, strengthening families and giving back,” according to its Facebook page at

The foundation, which is based in Florrisant, Missouri, grew out of the April 9, 2014, shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown Jr., by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri. The incident inspired protests that lasted for more than a week.

chosen-for-change-logoAn investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation concluded that the officer fired in self-defense, and a grand jury declined to indict the officer.

A hearing on a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the Brown family against the officer, Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson and the City of Ferguson is scheduled for May 2017.

MTSU’s Office of Intercultural and Diversity Affairs and Student Programming & Raider Entertainment are presenting Brown’s talk.

For off-campus visitors attending the event, a printable campus parking map is available at

For more information, contact the Office of Intercultural and Diversity Affairs at 615-898-5812 or

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