Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Michael Brown's Mother Crosses Stage with Jennings High Grads

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Michael Brown's Mother Crosses Stage with Jennings High Grads

Article excerpt

The mother of Michael Brown was among those who graduated from Jennings Senior High School on Friday at Chaifetz Arena.

Lezley McSpadden walked with high school faculty and staff into the auditorium at the start of the ceremony wearing a red cap and gown similar to those of the other female high school graduates who followed.

McSpadden's daughter, Deja Brown, also graduated. A group in the audience cheered loudly when both names were announced.

The family's lawyer, Benjamin Crump, said the occasion was meaningful, "especially with all they've been through."

Brown's fatal shooting in August 2014 by a Ferguson police officer sparked several days of unrest, drew international attention and prompted a federal investigation into the city's police and court practices. …

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