Ferguson Rises: Black Grief, Insurgent Memory, and the Politics of Transformation

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In this public conversation, BSC Fellow Rashad Arman Timmons will engage Michael Brown Sr. and Cal Brown in conversation about their continued fight to keep the memory and legacy of Michael Brown Jr. alive. The discussion will consider the enduring significance of Ferguson in the nation’s racial landscape and ponder black grief as a resource for social transformation. This event will offer the opportunity to dialogue with the Brown family and think collaboratively about how to build a world free of racial violence.


Rashad Arman Timmons, Abolition Democracy Dissertation Fellow, Black Studies Collaboratory and PhD Candidate African American Studies, UC Berkeley

Rashad Arman Timmons

Rashad Arman Timmons is a community builder, keyboardist, writer, and black feminist educator from Detroit, Michigan. A beloved child of factory workers, urban gardeners, prayer warriors, and musicians, Rashad is a lifelong student of the ways black folk manipulate and adorn the built environment to envision freedom.

A doctoral candidate in African Diaspora Studies and New Media Studies, Rashad’s dissertation explores urban infrastructures as critical sites where the lived social relations that come to define blackness are enacted, visualized, and challenged. He engages how black subjects in Ferguson, Missouri reorder sedimented geographies of power by seizing infrastructures as sites of black political insurgency, wake work, tactical disruption, and sabotage.

Michael Brown Sr, Father of Michael Brown Jr. and Founder, The Michael Brown Foundation/Chosen For Change

Cal Brown, Stepmother of Michael Brown Jr. and Co-Founder, The Michael Brown Foundation/Chosen For Change


This event is free and open to the public. The venue is wheelchair accessible. ASL interpretation will be provided. If you need accommodations to fully participate, please contact Barbara Montano at bmontano14@berkeley.edu or 510-664-4324 with as much advance notice as possible. Please refrain from wearing any scented products, including essential oils.