Tell the Truth & Shame the Devil

The Life, Legacy, and Love of My Son Michael Brown
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (10.48 hours)
Product Number: Z100117545
Released: Jun 21, 2016
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781504760713
Narrator/s: Lisa Renee Pitts
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This revelatory memoir by the mother of Michael Brown, the African American teenager killed by the police officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri, in 2014, sheds light on one of the landmark events in recent history. When Michael Orlandus Darrion Brown was born, he was adored and doted on by his aunts, uncles, grandparents, his father, and most of all by his sixteen-year-old mother, who nicknamed him Mike Mike. McSpadden never imagined that her son's name would inspire the resounding chants of protesters in Ferguson, Missouri, and ignite the global conversation about the disparities in the American policing system. Tell the Truth & Shame the Devil is a riveting family memoir about the journey of a young woman triumphing over insurmountable obstacles and learning to become a good mother. With brutal honesty, McSpadden brings us inside her experiences being raised by a hardworking, single mother; her pregnancy at age fifteen and the painful subsequent decision to drop out of school to support her son; how she survived domestic abuse; and her unwavering commitment to raising four strong and healthy children, even if it meant doing so on her own. McSpadden writes passionately about the hours, days, and months after her son was shot to death by Officer Darren Wilson, recounting her time on the ground with peaceful protestors, how she was treated by police and city officials, and how she felt in the gut-wrenching moment when the grand jury announced that it would not indict the man who had killed her son. After the system failed to deliver justice for Michael Brown, McSpadden and thousands of others across America took it upon themselves to carry on his legacy in the fight against injustice and racism. Tell the Truth & Shame the Devil is a portrait of our time, an urgent call to action, and a moving testament to the undying bond between mothers and sons.


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Tell the Truth & Shame the Devil
Product Number: BX00052929
Product Number:DD26463
Product Number:Z100117545

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ISBN: #9781504760676
Product Number EB00627405
Released: May 10, 2016
Business Term: 1 Year
Publisher: Regan Arts.
ISBN: #9781942872931

Professional reviews

"This production robs one's breath while bestowing enlightenment. Michael Brown was the teenager who was shot by police in Ferguson, Missouri, during the summer of 2015. This memoir is by Brown's mother. Narrator Lisa Renee Pitts delivers a performance so believable and emotionally authentic that it reaches inside listeners and shakes their very souls. From the quiver in her voice, indicating a desperate attempt to hold back tears, to the genuine laughter erupting out of a heart overflowing with joy, Pitts forces listeners to experience the life-altering emotions of her subject. Lezley McSpadden lived every mother's worst nightmare under the microscope of society's scrutiny and criticism. Pitts reminds listeners that she's a human being who overcame myriad obstacles in raising a black son only to have him ripped away far too early. This narration epitomizes the power of audiobooks. J.F. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine"

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