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Remembering Black Youth Cut Down By Violence  was originally published on

1. Mike Brown

Mike Brown

Micheal Brown, 18, was unarmed and shot multiple times to death by a police officer in Ferguson, MO outside of an apartment complex. One of the shots fired by the police officer was from inside a car.

2. Eric Garner

Eric Garner

An amateur video showed Eric Garner died after a police officer placed him in a chokehold for selling untaxed cigarettes in Staten Island. Read more:

3. Michael Griffith

Michael Griffith

Michael Griffith, 23, was with friends on December 19, 1986 when their car broke down near the Howard Beach section of New York. They went to a local pizzeria to call for help and were confronted by a group of more than 10 white teens. A fight ensured that led Griffith to run into the street nearby, where he was hit by a car and killed. Read more:

4. Yusuf Hawkins

Yusuf Hawkins

Yusuf Hawkins, 16, was fatally shot in the Bensonhurst neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York by a white mob in the summer of 1989. Hawkins and friends were chased and beaten with baseball bats by a mob of 10-30 white teens. Read more:

5. Michael Donald

Michael Donald

Michael Donald, 20, is often referred to as the last man lynched in the United States. In 1981, his badly beaten body was found hanging from a tree in Mobile, Alabama with his throat slit. The FBI conducted an investigation that led to the arrest and conviction of two Klan members responsible for the murder. Read more: