Lesley McSpadden, mother of slain teenager Michael Brown Jr., exits after a press conference at the Greater St. Mark Missionary Baptist Church on March 5, 2015 in Dellwood, Missouri.

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Mother of Michael Brown Considers Run for Ferguson City Council

Lezley McSpadden indicates she's ready to pursue some real change in her hometown of Ferguson.

April 24, 2018 - 4:51 pm

FERGUSON, Mo. (KMOX) - The mother of Michael Brown -- whose 2014 death in a police shooting sparked widespread outrage -- has announced potential plans to run for the Ferguson City Council.
Lezley McSpadden made the declaration Monday night while sitting on a panel at Harvard University, where the documentary, "Stranger Fruit," about her son's death and its aftermath, was screened.
"We have to get behind people that look like us, and get them in these elected seats, so that they can really do what's right by the community, and I'm going to start with me," she said.
Since her son's death, McSpadden has obtained a high school degree that she gave up on after giving birth at age 16, and she's written a book about her family's experiences.

McSpadden's attorney, Benjamin Crump, had this to say following her announcement: "What a legacy that would be. Elected to the city council, and supervising the same Ferguson Police Department who killed Michael Brown. That would be a legacy."