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BSU and EOF Host Discussion with Michael Brown Sr

BSU and EOF Host Discussion with Michael Brown, Sr.


Morristown, N.J. (October 2, 2018) – The #BlackMenMatter dinner, hosted by CSE's Black Student Union and Educational Opportunity Fund, featured a discussion with Michael Brown, Sr. His son, Michael Brown, Jr., was fatally shot by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri during 2014.

Brown Jr.'s death sparked a fierce protest of police brutality and racial inequality in this country. In hopes to prevent similar tragedies and to foster productive discussions about race, Brown Sr. began speaking to students all over the country. His talk, "Chosen for Change: A Father's Perspective," explores the causes of racial injustice and the necessity to appropriately navigate grief.

"Meeting with Mr. Brown was an important moment for me," explains one sophomore who was in attendance. "I, Corey M. Ingram Jr., am no different from Michael Brown Jr. These incidents are beyond being at the wrong place at the wrong time. They are beyond being a troubled teen, and they are beyond one's physical appearance. Mr. Brown's talk reassured that I am doing the right thing as a role model for so many black young men."

In addition to recounting his personal experience, Brown Sr. fielded questions from the audience.

"Mr. Brown showed incredible strength," says Beth Groothius, advisor for the BSU. "He sat among the students, was eager to provide guidance and connected with everyone on a personal level."

Brown Sr.'s profoundly moving event empowered black women and men to pursue excellence in all their endeavors and encouraged CSE students to ceaselessly strive for justice and equality.

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