Meet the Next Generation of Civil Rights Leaders
August 22nd, 2014
12:06 PM ET

Meet the Next Generation of Civil Rights Leaders

In light of the recent events in Ferguson, Missouri, Ozy founder Carlos Watson walks us through his list of today's civil rights leaders who are fighting for social justice through their work.

Across the country and through various jobs, Watson emphasizes all of these people share three common qualities:

1) They care, often in a deeply personal way

2) They've had experience with not being the conventional choice for their positions

3) They've had mentors and supporters along the way

From a sheriff in Dallas County to a Harvard economics professor, learn more about Watson's chosen few:


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August 19th, 2014
10:43 AM ET

Trayvon Martin's Mom: Michael Brown Needs to be Laid to Rest

Sybrina Fulton can identify with the heartache being felt by Michael Brown's family.

The mother of Trayvon Martin recently wrote an open letter  in Time magazine to the family of Brown, an unarmed African-American teenager who was shot and killed by a white police officer on August 9 in Ferguson, Missouri.

On Tuesday, Fulton told CNN's Michaela Pereira that while the investigation continues, the parents must concentrate on burying their son and grieving.

"He needs to be buried and he needs to be laid to rest," she said.

"I don't want them to take that lightly. It's gonna be very hurtful.  It's gonna be very sorrowful. It's gonna be very disappointing – to know that they're burying their 18-year-old son, and he had a full life ahead of him."

In her letter, Fulton shared the message that the deaths of the boys wouldn't "be in vain."

"We will no longer be ignored," she wrote.

"We will bond, continue our fights for justice, and make them remember our children in an appropriate light."


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August 18th, 2014
09:15 AM ET

Witness: 'God Bless His Soul, Police Shot This Boy Outside My Apartment'

Piaget Crenshaw is a Ferguson, Missouri, resident now – but she moved from Jennings about a month before the shooting of Michael Brown.

Crenshaw told CNN's Michaela Pereira she witnessed the incident from her apartment and recorded video of the scene immediately following the shooting.

"I had just moved there out of my parents home," she said.

"To see something like this outside of my window ... it’s just, traumatizing."

Crenshaw said Brown was running away from police and then turned around. She said that was when Brown was shot.

But police have given a different narrative, saying Brown struggled with the officer and reached for his weapon.

On Monday, the preliminary results of an autopsy that Michael Brown's family requested was released, showing the teen was shot at least six times.

In the video, you can hear Crenshaw's emotional response to what she had just seen.

"God bless his soul," she said.  "Police shot this boy outside my apartment."



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August 17th, 2014
07:52 AM ET

FROM THE VAULT: Remembering Robin Williams

The Birdcage. Mrs. Doubtfire. Dead Poet's Society. Hook.

When the news of Robin Williams' suicide broke last week, social media was flooded with favorite lines from the "Funniest Man in America."

We too, couldn't help but break out our most meaningful moments.

New Day Editorial Producer Nadia Bilchik dug into her archives and dusted off a one-on-one interview she did with Williams during the release of his film "Patch Adams."

We are remembering him the best way we can... with laughter.

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