A motorcade and eulogy are among the Kansas City events scheduled for Sunday to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the police shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo.
The hourlong event, sponsored by the Metropolitan Organization for Racial and Economic Equity (MORE2), will begin at 1 p.m. in the parking lot of Zion Grove Baptist Church, 2801 Swope Parkway.
Organizers want participants to remain in their vehicles and join a motorcade that will begin at the church. Later, during a brief public program, clergy members plan to eulogize Brown and other victims of fatal officer-involved shootings.
Darren Wilson, a white police officer, shot and killed an unarmed Brown, a black teen, in a confrontation last August in the middle of a street in the St. Louis suburb. The killing triggered protests and looting, which brought a police response using armored vehicles and tear gas.
A St. Louis County grand jury and later federal authorities determined that Wilson did nothing improper. However, many who supported Brown and his family challenged Wilson’s use of deadly force.
“For us, it’s about mobilizing the community to pay attention to what’s happening in metropolitan Kansas City and not just look externally at the rest of the nation and lamenting officer-involved shootings around the nation when we have them in our own community,” said MORE2 executive director Lora McDonald.