Dear Mike Brown

I never knew you but I know of you now. Unfortunately, the circumstances by which I have come to know your name are tragic. You lost your life. While I don't know the whole story or if you were in the wrong or right, I feel for your family. Your mother, her grief and her pain, I can't imagine the pain she feels. I did read that she worked hard to get you to finish school and graduate and make something of yourself.

I see my brother in you because he too is an African-American male and it seems that tragedy continues to strike young men in the African-American community that are unarmed. I will never be able to understand this. Somedays, it feels like all black men are portrayed as the enemy or as hoodlums that will rob you. Not every black man is doing what is right but the way society views black men is negative and that is evident from all of these shootings, where justice has yet to be truly served. 

Mike, you will stand as a constant reminder of the fact that we live in a fallen world. Tragedy strikes everyday. Sometimes justice is not granted. Lives are lost. Violent shootings happen all too often. During times like this people try to cling to some type of hope. Any hope really. Honestly, Mike, I have all my hope in God otherwise I would be fearful for my life and my brothers life. This greater hope keeps me grounded and praying daily for protection for myself and my family. 

I hope they will get to the bottom of this situation and honor your memory. Whatever the facts may be, you deserved to start college this morning and change your life for the better. You deserved a chance. 

Friends, lets stand with Mike and his family in a peaceful manner and not add to the chaos surrounding a tragic situation. Mike's memory deserves to be treasured. 

Trayvon Martin, Oscar Grant and now Mike Brown are household names because of their tragic deaths. Sadly, they are ones widely known, many other's have died due to fatal shootings. Lets rally together, people of all races, to pray for peace in the midst of this tragedy. 

It's during times like this I wish Martin Luther King, Jr. was still alive.

Nonviolence means avoiding not only external physical violence but also internal violence of spirit. You not only refuse to shoot a man, but you refuse to hate him.

Martin Luther King, Jr.


{Because you have made the Lord your refuge, and the Most High your dwelling place, There shall no evil befall you, nor any plague or calamity come near your tent. For He will give His angels [especial] charge over you to accompany and defend and preserve you in all your ways [of obedience and service]. They shall bear you up on their hands, lest you dash your foot against a stone.You shall tread upon the lion and adder; the young lion and the serpent shall you trample underfoot. Psalm 91:9-13}