It was a somber going home celebration for Michael as thousand of mourners attend the 18-year-old’s funeral on Aug. 25. With a St. Louis Cardinals hat laid on top his coffin, family, friends, and members of the community came together to say their final goodbyes.
Thousands of mourners came in solidarity to pay their respects to the late Michael Brown, the 18-year-old unarmed young black man who was shot and killed at the hands of a white police officer in Ferguson, MO. on Aug. 9. Spike Lee and Rev. Al Sharpton were just two of the many who supported the Brown family at the emotional ceremony.
Michael Brown’s Funeral
Michael’s funeral took place at the Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church in St. Louis and the temple was packed with family, community leaders and celebrities alike. The service was a pleasant one which began with ceremonial music with people clapping along, according to the CBS News. The report also indicated that funeral goers danced in place while ushers roamed the isles passing out water and towels.
Michael’s cousin, Eric Davis, spoke to attendees, encouraging them to take to the polls and make a demonstrative statement for change. He was quoted as saying their community has seen “enough of the senseless killings.”
Celebrities Attend Michael Brown’s Funeral
Michael’s family wanted mourners to remember their son’s soft and kindred spirit. Huge, over-sized images of Michael lined his coffin, showing Michael as he often was — an innocent, jovial young man wearing headphones, as he loved listening to music from various artists. A St. Louis Cardinals baseball hat and a beautiful arrangement of red roses sat on top of his brown coffin.
There was also a projection screen that flashed various images of Michael, one of showed him clutching his high school diploma as he wore his cap and gown.
Spike Lee and the Rev. Jesse Jackson were reportedly on hand for the funeral. Rev. Al Sharpton spoke at the services. In addition, three white house aids attended the services at the request of President Barack Obama.
As you’ll recall, Michael lost his life when he was gunned down by police officer Darren Wilson. Michael was unarmed. The case remains open and under investigation. Our thoughts and prayers are with Michael’s friends and family.
— Eric Ray