Michael Brown Sr. addressed hundreds in St. Louis' largest park on the even of his funeral following this month's controversial shooting in Ferguson, Mo.
What did he ask for, with the eyes of a nation on him?
"Tomorrow all I want is peace," the grieving father of the late teenager pleaded at a festival that promotes peace over violence. "That's all I ask."
The more than two weeks since the younger Brown's death have been marked by nightly protests, some of them violent and chaotic, in the St. Louis suburb.
The Rev. Al Sharpton, who was set to speak Monday at the funeral for the teenager shot and killed by a police officer, echoed his request for peace.
"We don't want anything tomorrow to happen that might defile the name of Michael Brown," Sharpton said. "This is not about our rage tomorrow."
"It's about the legacy and memory of his son."
Lesley McSpadden, Michael Brown's mother, told the crowd that McSpadden and her family saw Brown's body for the first time today since the shooting.