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Someone YOU Should Know: Meet 11-Year-Old Marquis Govan. The Voice Of Reason In Ferguson, Missouri.

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This is exactly the sort of news story we need to see more of. There are good-even extraordinary, amazing children in every community, of every ethnicity. Why don’t the papers and other media run regular features on these kids instead of persistent arguing between adults who should know better?
We have the power right now to reshape and redirect our communities: to create the America we’ve always dreamed of but never-*yet*- lived in.

It’s not the government, the corporations, churches or other big structures that will solve our ever growing problems.
It’s the people. Children like this young man, grandmothers, teenagers, young parents, middle aged people working at Walmart and McDonalds.

It just takes listening to one another and working together.

The Militant Negro™


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Weekend Edition feature on Marquis Govan, The “Voice” Of Reason In Ferguson

Published on Sep 7, 2014

This is my feature for NPR’s Weekend Edition on Marquis Govan, the 11-year-old who made a memorable speech to the St. Louis County Council.

From CBS Sunday Morning:

You’re about to meet an outspoken young man, in a town much in the news over this summer. Jane Pauley is our guide:

In Ferguson, Mo., last month, after a police officer shot and killed an unarmed 18-year-old, Michael Brown, amid all the anger and shouting on the streets, a boy approached the microphone at a meeting of the St. Louis County Council:

“I would just like to say that the people of Ferguson, I believe, don’t need tear gas thrown at them. I believe they need jobs.”

Meet 11-year-old Marquis Govan.

“Where are all the African-American police officers in our community?”


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