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Photos: The 20th birthday of Michael Brown Jr.

May 23, 2016

Family, friends and neighbors gathered at Canfield Green Apartments Friday afternoon to celebrate what would’ve been Michael Brown Jr.’s 20th birthday.

Michael Brown Sr. and his nonprofit, Chosen for Change Foundation, hosted the party to provide a moment of remembrance and joy for a community that organizers say is still dealing with grief.

“We just want everybody to have a great time, and a nice time, and enjoy themselves and bring smiles and some type of comfort back to their home,” Brown said.

The party featured free toys and food for the community, along with a moment of prayer and a balloon release. Organizers read books to children and dancers showed off before an impromptu group dance off.

“Children and families have been traumatized by the events of Aug. 9, the loss of Mike Brown Jr.," the elder Brown said. "I’m just trying to build the community back up.”

 

Cherish Turner, 11, with the Get Fit Dance Crew, shows off at a birthday party in honor of Michael Brown Jr.
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A crowd surrounds Michael Brown Sr. as attendees get ready to release balloons.
Calvin "Cap" Kennedy, with Chosen for Change, reads to children at the start of the party.
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Dashawn Moore, 8, raises his fist in the air as a drone takes a picture of partygoers at a 20th birthday celebration for Michael Brown Jr.
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Mike Hassell, with Chosen for Change, hugs Joshua Anderson, with the Get Fit Crew, during a dance off.
Dashawn Moore, 8, places toy glasses on Michael Brown Sr. during a birthday party held in honor of Michael Brown Jr.
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Attendees hand out balloons along Canfield Drive, near the spot where Mike Brown Jr. was killed and where a memorial now sits embedded into the sidewalk.
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Jana Gamble, vice president of Chosen for Change, gets ready to release balloons in honor of Mike Brown Jr.
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Marcellus Buckley, with Chosen for Change, comforts Trinetta Walker, Michael Brown Sr.'s daughter, after attendees released balloons.

    

Michael Brown Sr., flanked by activist Anthony Shahid and his daughter, Trinetta Walker, gets ready to blow out a candle on what would have been Mike Brown Jr.'s 20th birthday.
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Azylah Johnson, 7, hugs her friend Cherish Turner, 11, after Cherish performed for the crowd.
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Angel Campbell, 6, plays with a hula hoop after children received free toys.
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