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King Center CEO, Dr. Bernice A. King, Calls for Nonviolence in Response to Death of Michael Brown

Atlanta . . . The King Center CEO, Bernice A. King, today issued the following statement on the slaying of Mr. Michael Brown and the violence that has occurred in response to his death:

We are saddened and deeply disturbed by the terrible tragedy that has claimed the life of eighteen-year-old, Michael Brown. Our hearts go out to Michael's parents, Mrs. Lesley McSpadden and Mr. Michael Brown, Sr., and all those who loved him. We continue to pray for their strength during this time of tremendous grief.

I personally understand and have experienced the devastation of losing loved ones to gun violence. As the world knows, my father, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., was assassinated on a balcony in Memphis in the midst of leading a movement for nonviolent social change. I also experienced the pain of losing my paternal grandmother to gun violence when she was murdered in church by a deranged individual. I know first-hand that gun violence, and any violence, for that matter, shatters dreams.

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NAACP Statement on the Death of 18-Year-Old Michael Brown of Ferguson, MO

(Washington, D.C.) – The NAACP has released the following statement on the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown of Ferguson, MO.

From Cornell William Brooks, President & CEO, NAACP:

"Our prayers go out to the family and friends of 18-year-old Michael Brown of Ferguson, Missouri. The death of yet another African-American at the hands of those sworn to protect and serve the community where he lived is heartbreaking. Michael Brown was preparing to begin college, and now his family is preparing to bury their child – his life cut short in a tragic encounter with the police.

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NAACP Returns to United Nations for CERD to Discuss Critical Civil Rights Issues

Issues of voting rights, felony disenfranchisement, racial disparities in incarceration and racial profiling raised by the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (CERD)

WHO:  Leon Russell, Vice Chairman, NAACP National Board of Directors; Hilary Shelton; Senior VP Policy and Advocacy and Director of Washington Bureau, NAACP; Jotaka Eaddy, Sr. Director of Voting Rights and Senior Advisor to President and CEO & NAACP

WHAT:  NAACP leaders return to Geneva for the United Nations review of the United States' progress on its obligations to reduce racial discrimination and disparities under the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (CERD). CERD obligates member nations to take steps to reduce racial and ethnic discrimination and disparities within their borders.

From Leon Russell, Vice Chairman, NAACP Board of Directors:

"The struggle to reduce all forms of racial discrimination cannot be fought in isolation. It must extend to every corner of the earth. Our time at the United Nation's this week has amplified our efforts to advance human and civil rights for all people, no matter their nationality, race, color or creed."

From Hilary O. Shelton, Sr. Vice President for Policy and Advocacy; Washington Bureau Director:

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