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Michael Brown's mother crosses stage with Jennings High grads

Michael Brown's mother crosses stage with Jennings High grads


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.

Crump said McSpadden had told him she “has a purpose now to try to uphold the legacy of her son.”

McSpadden is the first graduate from the school’s adult high school program. She did not respond to interview requests.

Jennings Superintendent Art McCoy said McSpadden did not want to divert attention from the other students.

“She took the time to finish what she started,” McCoy said before presenting McSpadden with her diploma.

The adult program began in September after McSpadden met with the district about collaborating with her nonprofit, Michael O.D. Brown We Love Our Sons and Daughters Foundation.

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