Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Michael Brown's Mother's Book Recalls Death, Life

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Michael Brown's Mother's Book Recalls Death, Life

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FERGUSON * Lezley McSpadden was taking a cigarette break from her grocery store job when a friend called to say someone had been shot in the street near Canfield Green Apartments in Ferguson.

Within minutes, a family member called to tell her the victim was McSpadden's 18-year-old son, Michael Brown.

McSpadden's co-worker drove her to the scene that afternoon in August 2014. She quickly spotted clothing that matched her son's.

McSpadden recounts what happened that day two summers ago in her autobiography, "Tell the Truth & Shame the Devil," set to be released Tuesday and co-written by Lyah Beth LeFlore.

The book chronicles McSpadden's life growing up in St. Louis, raising Brown, the devastation his shooting brought and her push to honor his memory. …

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