The Homegoing for Michael Brown

Gunned down before you ever got the chance to become a man. When I look at you, I see the baby face, just like Trayvon. You still had your baby face. You never got to grow into your manly face. People are fighting for you, Michael. They’re fighting and saying that you matter. Your life mattered. Your potential mattered. And, someone should be held accountable for taking you too soon from this Earth.


Your mother’s tears are our tears.


You were our son.
You were our brother.
You were our nephew.
You were our cousin.
You were the young man in the neighborhood that had goals.

Michael Brown

Langston Hughes asked the question long ago….

A Dream Deferred
by Langston Hughes

What happens to a dream deferred?

Does it dry up
like a raisin in the sun?
Or fester like a sore–
And then run?
Does it stink like rotten meat?
Or crust and sugar over–
like a syrupy sweet?

Maybe it just sags
like a heavy load.

Or does it explode?

ferguson roses
A line of roses lines the street where Michael Brown was shot. #Ferguson

Leslie McSpadden

Updated with video of full service.

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117 Responses to The Homegoing for Michael Brown

  1. GrannyStandingforTruth says:

    grannystanding4Truth @granny_st · 6m
    Darren Wilson’s supporters wear racist comments proudly but claim to be decent people on law and order side. Yeah right! #Ferguson

  2. GrannyStandingforTruth says:

    grannystanding4Truth @granny_st · 3m
    Darren Wilson supporters show true colors today with racist comments. Yet claim righteousness on side of law & order?#Ferguson

  3. GrannyStandingforTruth says:

    Some of the hateful, vile, and mean-spirited comments I’m reading on twitter are making me sick to my stomach. They have the nerve to accuse Rev Sharpton and other Brown supporters of hate, but the Darren Wilson supporters are the ones spouting out the hate. Should I start posting some of their hateful comments?

    Btw, I was woke and in my bed when the earthquake hit here. My bed rocked back and forth like a rocking chair.

    • yahtzeebutterfly says:

      Wow, I am glad you are okay…that sounds like a tremendous earthquake.

      I was living in California when the San Sylmar one hit. It jerked the house back and forth.

      My belief is those reposting hateful tweets would just give them more voice which would probably please the haters.

    • Ametia says:

      Granny, glad to hear you weren’t injured during the quake. Take care of you.

  4. rikyrah says:

    Published on Aug 25, 2014

    ‘Michael Brown Funeral’ Eulogy Al Sharpton Michael Brown Funeral Eulogy Prayers by TD Jakes and Jamal Bryant Michael Brown Funeral Eulogy Al Sharpton, Prayers by TD Jakes and Jamal Bryant Mike Brown Funeral Eulogy Al Sharpton, Prayers by TD Jakes and Jamal Bryant

  5. rikyrah says:

    Elon James White @elonjames
    Here’s what I think folks are are really afraid of:

    A whole new generation of folks who just woke up & they ain’t going back to sleep.
    12:55 PM – 25 Aug 2014

    • Ametia says:

      And Elon is certainly one of those folks. He might of thought he was awake before Ferguson. But the tear gassing REALLY woke him up.

  6. rikyrah says:

    VMAs: Common Leads Moment of Silence for Ferguson

    7:00 PM PDT 8/24/2014 by Hilary Lewis

    Common got serious at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday night, prefacing his presentation of the award for best hip-hop video by urging those in the audience and at home to take a moment to remember what happened this week in Ferguson, Missouri.

    After saying that people’s attention has been drawn to the civil rights protests, he called for a moment of silence “for Mike Brown and for peace in this country and in the world.”

    The audience at the Forum complied with Common’s request, and, as the camera panned across the crowd, Snoop Dogg could be seen flashing a peace sign as he had his head bowed.

  7. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    Michael is going home to be with God and His love.

  8. RevAl: “The first will be last.” “Justice gone come.”
    Up in here! Up in here! Rev Al drops the mic

  9. rikyrah says:

    meta @metaquest
    @nytimes seems to have this unrelenting need to portray white killers as having normal lives & black victims as always appearing suspicious.
    12:01 PM – 25 Aug 2014

  10. Rev Al: “The value of this boy’s life must be answered by somebody!”

  11. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    “God WILL make a way for His children!!”

  12. Rev Al: “No community in America would tolerate an 18 year old boy laying in the street for 4 1/2 hours and we won’t tolerate it either”.

  13. Uh oh…Rev Al went there…

    Rev Al: “Now you wanna be a nigga and call your woman a ho .. you’ve lost where you’ve come from!”

  14. Call them out, Rev Al—>Ferguson police department<—- They can't come up with a police report but can find a video. Tell it!

  15. rikyrah says:

    Brian Beutler ✔@brianbeutler

    No fan of @nytimes “angel” graf, but contrasting it to descriptive passages in profiles of imprisoned white psychopaths isn’t very revealing

    aspirational12 @aspirational12
    @brianbeutler It is quite revealing, unless one is denial about something. @nytimes
    11:46 AM – 25 Aug 2014

  16. rikyrah says:

    Elias Isquith ✔ @eliasisquith
    NYT Brown profile is testament not only to power of white supremacy but also the amorality wrought by a craven fear of appearing “biased”
    9:39 AM – 25 Aug 2014

  17. rikyrah says:

    Rev. Al is speaking at Michael Brown’s funeral right now.

  18. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    Rest in peace, Michael, in His loving arms of peace, comfort and joy.

    “The Holy City”

  19. Lifting up the Brown family in prayer. Give them comfort and strength during this dark time in their lives.

  20. My prayers go out to the Brown Family.

  21. rikyrah says:

    April @ReignOfApril
    If this isn’t about race, imagine the roles reversed. Black cop kills unarmed white kid, scrubs social media, flees state. Y’all donating?
    9:38 AM – 25 Aug 2014

  22. rikyrah says:

    April @ReignOfApril
    It was not JUST the unjustified shooting of #MikeBrown that led to protests. It was the systematic coverup & lack of information as well.
    9:34 AM – 25 Aug 2014

  23. rikyrah says:


    if you could help with the posting of the livestream, I would appreciate it. I’m never really able to post livestreams.

  24. rikyrah says: @TheObamaDiary
    Dead White Mass Shooter: “Poor pet, he had mental issues.”

    Dead Unarmed Black Teenage Victim: “He was no angel.”

    Your media, folks.
    9:04 AM – 25 Aug 2014

    • Liza says:

      White people who believe this only believe it because they want to. The lie is as big as Dallas. And everyone knows it’s a lie.

  25. rikyrah says:

    If only the urge to convict a dead black teenager were matched by an urge to investigate the officer who shot him six times.
    7:52 AM – 25 Aug 2014

  26. rikyrah says:

    Jamil Smith ✔ @JamilSmith
    I’ll freely admit that I’m very sensitive about the “perfect victim” framing. But that paragraph in the NYT Brown profile is inexcusable.
    7:56 AM – 25 Aug 2014

  27. rikyrah says:

    Michael…you are still on our hearts. RIP

  28. Rikyrah,

    I love the way you honor in your homegoing threads. You always do such a wonderful job.

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