Mourning Michael Brown: Family, Al Sharpton, White House Aides Gather for Funeral

Categories: Michael Brown

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Jessica Lussenhop
Michael Brown at sixteen with his younger brother Andre.
Michael Brown's death may have been the spark that ignited revolt in Ferguson, but for two weeks now, the spotlight of the world's media has been trained on the looting, the artillery, the gas masks, the SWAT tanks -- anything but the grieving family mourning a dead son.

Today, with several consecutive nights of calm and order on West Florissant Avenue, that spotlight will circle back to those most hurt by Brown's death: his parents, who, after waiting two weeks for three autopsies, just want to put their son to rest.

The funeral is scheduled for 10 a.m. Monday at Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church. Brown's uncle, the Reverend Charles Ewing, will deliver the eulogy for his nephew who inspired a worldwide call to justice after being fatally shot by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson on August 9.

The Reverend Al Sharpton, who came to Ferguson after the shooting at the request of Brown's grandfather and has become the liaison between Ferguson and the White House, will also speak during the service. Brown will be buried in St. Peter's Cemetery in St. Louis County after the funeral.

Read all Riverfront Times coverage of Michael Brown and Ferguson.

Funerals can be expensive, but the Brown family has some help. St. Louis native Kimora Lee Simmons and Sharpton himself offered to pay for the funeral, but it's the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., who'll pick up the check for the service. Alpha Phi Alpha, the nation's oldest black fraternity, declined to share how expensive the funeral (which can accommodate more than 4,500 people and is likely to draw a large crowd and media presence) will be.

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Jessica Lussenhop
NAACP President Cornell Brooks, Michael Brown Sr. (Michael Brown's father), Lesley McSpadden (Michael Brown's mother) and attorney Benjamin Crump.
More than 8,000 supporters donated over $200,000 to the Brown Family in the last eleven days using GoFundMe.com, and a benefit concert at Plush Sunday night raised even more. (Compare that to two online fundraisers for officer Darren Wilson, who shot Brown, which have raised nearly $370,000.)

Three aides to the White House are also coming to St. Louis for the funeral: Broderick Johnson, chairman of My Brother's Keeper Task Force, which empowers boys and men of color; Marlon Marshall, deputy director of the White House Office of Public Engagement who also grew up in St. Louis and went to high school with Brown's mother; and Heather Foster, an adviser in the Office of Public Engagement.

Check back with Riverfront Times today for photos and coverage of Brown's funeral.

Follow Lindsay Toler on Twitter at @StLouisLindsay. E-mail the author at Lindsay.Toler@RiverfrontTimes.com.

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Robin Miller
Robin Miller

Cannot believe how this blew up so much - this funeral - they are treating him like a prince - and i understand because of all the media attention - unreal

Kristin Wagaman
Kristin Wagaman

Thanks, yeah cest has all kinds of stuff to say but obviously is talking out her ass with no knowledge of any sort!! She needs to shut her pie hole!!

Ashanta Dunlap
Ashanta Dunlap

I don't care to discuss how the young man life was lived or the cops, my concern was an unarmed man getting shot multiple times by a person who is suppose to protect and served! I'll leave the threads and the homework up to you smart people! Oops, am i being a racist for saying that comment, ( you smart people)?

Ashanta Dunlap
Ashanta Dunlap

And i never once used the term," you people"! Idiot Eric? Really? So your the smart one!! I will not name call you because it's clear to me that you are a being who needs special kind of attention. I serve one Father, Hid name is God, my Lord and Saviour is Jesus Christ!! He knows my heart and who i am..! I don't have to prove anything to a stranger behind a network who's feeding nonsense nationwide! I said what i felt about the racial comments and that is that!! I don't care how any of you racists feel about the young man and probably neither do his parents!! Regardless to how you all feel he still gotten the best funeral ever and his parents was respected so i care less how you feel clearly because you couldn't stop his homegoing celebration because it was lovely without your support anyway, which also clearly shows you, and noone else who thinks like you matter!! The beautiful ceremony still went on,, sooooo next?? Your turn :-)

Christopher D. Cyr
Christopher D. Cyr

Even if he is cleared in this shooting, that's such a watering down of the meaning of "hero," that the word becomes meaningless.

Ashanta Dunlap
Ashanta Dunlap

as i said clear before Eric, to me racist is not a color because every race is not racist! However, "your kind" is a person one group, who shows favortism because of one's color of skin.! U don't have to be caucasian, black, mexican to be a racist, however those who threw racist slans are caucasian race!! Therefore, you took it how u wanted to, your kind is one set group of people who hate anothed because the color of their skin, geez!!

Chris Hartman
Chris Hartman

Cest what is your problem? Are you racist...um I don't care who or what color the president my point if you were unable to understand is as follows: a government official attending a criminal funeral and yes he just robbed a man mins before is insane !!! You have a decorated general killed in battle and he doesn't attend!!??? I'm sorry you hate so much

Joshua M. Parrish
Joshua M. Parrish

The majority of the black are holding them selves down. We have nothing to do with that!

Joshua M. Parrish
Joshua M. Parrish

I would fight for Bush any day of the week. He made the right call on attacking. But we should've left once we had Saddam

Mark Tubbesing
Mark Tubbesing

Klan meeting? I wasn't racist at any point? I love your feeble attempt at a response to my post. Makes zero sense.

Patti Woodard
Patti Woodard

We've heard so much of this man, but not much of the officer. That's why I was asking. Thank you for your response.

Eric Kuenkler
Eric Kuenkler

Hey Ashanta, maybe you should learn how to use the reply button on the thread so you don't look like an idiot making random statements that don't link to a general comment. Just sayin.

Eric Kuenkler
Eric Kuenkler

Well you sure as hell ain't protesting in Chicago are ya? Why not? Cause it's citizen killing citizen and that's ok? Oh wait maybe a cop can get involved so everyone can finally care about the city and state our President resided and governed.

Eric Kuenkler
Eric Kuenkler

I actually watched it on tv from my job. Because some of us have those. They wanted no media, guess what the funeral was televised like it was the Popes funeral. They got everything they asked for and then some. No sympathy here.

Eric Kuenkler
Eric Kuenkler

I have noticed that Cest is a special kind of idiot by reading all of her comments on this thread. Nice job Kristin

Eric Kuenkler
Eric Kuenkler

If the bush administration was that corrupt this one would have done something about it. Guess what? They had their hearings. Nothing happened. So now 6 years later... Get over it!!

Eric Kuenkler
Eric Kuenkler

Hey guess what Cest, who voted them in? Did you? If you didn't vote, shut the fuck up! And Ashanta, if you really want to make the point about not being a racist, maybe you should quit using the term "you people" and "your kind"

Eric Kuenkler
Eric Kuenkler

Cest, if they are such a big POS then why don't you move your liberal ass back to LA where everything is roses and sunshine. Oh wait... That's because their cops are POS's worse than ours. Since you love doing one sided research, why don't you look up how many cops are shot or killed in the line of duty each month or each year. Info think in STL, more cops have died by the hands of criminals than unwarranted shootings by cops on citiZens. Look a little deeper!

Eric Kuenkler
Eric Kuenkler

And again, what the fuck does George W have to do with anything of these events? Obama has been president for 6 years now. Time to quit blaming GW for everything. Where's the change?

Eric Kuenkler
Eric Kuenkler

Everybody in uniform? I sure hope you never have a crisis and need to call the police or fire dept. Good luck with your life of good fortune!

Eric Kuenkler
Eric Kuenkler

The reason is: this cop will have medical bills to pay for the assault that happened to him, the attorney fees that will come his way, the fact that he and his wife and children had to go into hiding because if all the death threats. Mikes family is not the only one affected by this tragic event. And more so the rebuilding if the business district if Ferguson because of all the idiots coming to "protest".

Eric Kuenkler
Eric Kuenkler

Cest, you keep amazing me with your idiotic comments. You're bringing in Afghanistan into the conversation? The place where 10's of thousands American soldiers are fighting right now. A war that our current president has escalated. Do you not realize why the National Guard came to Ferguson? To make it Martial Law! Here in our own city. Get a clue woman! And here you slander Germans? Guess what you fucking racist? Racism isn't only for black folk. Again, you're the special kind of idiot!!

Cest Lavie Boheme
Cest Lavie Boheme

Yeah, actually they have, every week. You just don't read anything that doesn't fit your preconceived notion of how the world should be. Now, aren't you late for your Klan meeting.

Cest Lavie Boheme
Cest Lavie Boheme

Yeah Brown graduated from an insolvent and unaccredited school district. And where do you get this crap. Post a link, I find nothing.

Eric Kuenkler
Eric Kuenkler

You're right Cest! And that's what Officer Wilson is!

Cest Lavie Boheme
Cest Lavie Boheme

Yeah Wilson looks real injured during the 45 minutes he paces around and then DRIVES OFF IN HIS PATROL CAR, which you know, was part of the crime scene according to the bulls**t story the PD keeps changing.

Eric Kuenkler
Eric Kuenkler

Cest, wtf does that have to do with any of the current conversation.? You're worried about global crisis when Ferguson is getting robbed blind by all the thugs of St Louis. Why celebrate anything? Why protest anything? The investigation just began. Delayed by all the distractions of looting, burning and protests. If you asked anyone today what they are protesting, you'll get totally different answers. You celebrate the residents getting cameras to watch the police when they can't keep their citizens from killing and robbing each other. Do you live there? Have you ever? I have both lived and worked there. Let me tell you, the current majority are young ignorant African Americans that could give a shit less about the system until they feel wronged. It's a community that had a 20% turn out in the last vote. So don't fool anyone with all your distractions about global crisis. The crisis is here at home and the liberals just point fingers with no solutions. Get over yourself. You ARE the special idiot in this group!!

Cest Lavie Boheme
Cest Lavie Boheme

What are you even talking about? You mean Darren Wilson mother and father? Cause yeah, his parents were straight up criminals.

Cest Lavie Boheme
Cest Lavie Boheme

F***k authority. The people that been running the world for the last 40 years do not deserve respect.

Kristin Wagaman
Kristin Wagaman

Omg what a joke!! Then obviously every one in every city is paying for their city thru traffic violations and breaking laws!!! And these black people that "pay for Ferguson to exist" lmao are the same dumb mother fuckers destroying businesses in their city and all kinds of shit that the good people actually worked hard for!! And my white privilege?? Not sure what fucking privileges you think we have other than using our taxes to pay for all these black people that have 10 kids with 10 different fathers and expect to get welfare and all shit paid for them while they are rockin new shoes, weaves, fake nails and doing drugs!!! Wake up dumb ass!!!

Cest Lavie Boheme
Cest Lavie Boheme

And 10,000 people came, most of whom never met him, including me.

Cest Lavie Boheme
Cest Lavie Boheme

Were you there? Because Sharpton was AWESOME!!!!! He nailed it on every issue! Oh, you were probably at your Klan meeting, sorry.

Cest Lavie Boheme
Cest Lavie Boheme

No, they chose that one over him graduating from an insolvent and unaccredited school district.

Cest Lavie Boheme
Cest Lavie Boheme

Yeah, I bet you didn't complain about the fact that George W took more vacation time than any President in history. Or that his family was having dinner with the Bin Laden's on Sept 10, 2001. The same day that Donald Rumsfeld held a press conference announcing that he could not account for a missing 3.2 TRILLION DOLLARS. Thief my a***

Cest Lavie Boheme
Cest Lavie Boheme

Should they post his picture from graduation from an unaccredited and insolvent school district? WHO IS THE THIEF?

Cest Lavie Boheme
Cest Lavie Boheme

I care. I hope you move Afghanistan, you would be much happier under martial law. I wish all you "Good Germans' could have your own country AND GET OUT OF OURS!

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