October 17, 2017
It is with a heavy heart that the California Funders for Boys and Men of Color shares that the field experienced a tremendous loss with the passing of Brandon Harrison, youth movement builder and boys and men of color advocate. In the early morning hours of Sunday, October 15, Brandon was shot and killed leaving a party in Stockton, California.
Brandon was a natural leader who earned the respect of his peers and other advocates who came into contact with him for his authenticity and deep wisdom. He was leading boys and men of color work locally in Stockton as part of Sierra Health Foundation’s Positive Youth Justice Initiative through Fathers & Families of San Joaquin, was part of Dr. Ross’ President’s Youth Council through The California Endowment, and was a leader at the statewide level through his work with the Alliance for Boys and Men of Color and the #FreeOurDreamsCampaign.
Brandon often talked about his hope to change the communities that he and many of his peers come from by eradicating the violence, cycles of poverty and hopelessness so that they could live without fear and achieve greatness.
Brandon leaves behind a grieving family, including two young sons, Noah and Adrian, and a community of his peers, mentors, advocates and organizers. We ask that you keep Brandon, his sons, his family and his community in your thoughts and prayers for healing through this difficult time, and that we continue to carry his legacy of leadership and service through our collective work.
“I’ve been on a path, what I believe my life’s purpose is, to teach, to help, to love, to give, to grow. I want to change the world. I want my community to rise up.”
– Brandon Harrison
If you or your team has photos or memories of Brandon, please send to BlessedbyBrandonH@gmail.com, where they are being collected to share with his family.