Michael Brown: Family asks for a day of peace as they bury son
On Monday, Michael Brown's family will hold a funeral for their slain son. Elsewhere, Michael Brown rally's are planned on several college campuses.
St. Louis — After weeks of community protests, the family of Michael Brown is asking for silence and peace as they lay him to rest.
The funeral Monday will be a chance for people to focus on mourning the 18-year-old who liked computer games and had been eager to start college.
Brown's family has requested there be no demonstrations on the day of the funeral. "We need a moment of silence on our son," his father, Michael Brown Sr said on the Today Show Monday. "We need peace on his going-away."
Brown's great uncle, a pastor, will deliver the eulogy. The Rev. Al Sharpton is also expected to speak. Sharpton says the day should be about Brown's legacy and people's memories.
Brown, who is black, was unarmed when he was shot Aug. 9 by a white officer.
Protesters have taken to the streets of Ferguson, calling for change and drawing national attention to issues surrounding race and policing.
A grand jury is considering evidence in the case. A federal investigation is also underway.
Elsewhere on Monday, a Florida Supreme Court justice is discussing a white Missouri police officer's fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager.
James E.C. Perry will speak about the situation in Ferguson on Monday at the historically black Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach. The university is also hosting a prayer vigil.
And black law students at North Carolina Central University are also holding a rally.
The school's Black Law Students Association will hold the rally Monday on the front steps of the Turner Law Building on the NCCU campus. Speakers will include law professor Irving Joyner along with the head of Black Law Students Association and the president of the Student Bar Association.
And on Sunday night on the MTV Video Music Awards, some of the most memorable moments came with a political message about Ferguson. Common asked for a moment of silence to remember 18-year-old Michael Brown, killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri: "The people in Ferguson and St. Louis and communities across the country have used their voices to call for justice and change to let everyone know that each and every one of our lives matters." The camera showed members of the crowd with heads bowed, including Snoop Dogg, who flashed a peace sign.