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DONATE TO THE ELIJAH MCCLAIN SCHOLARSHIP. HE WAS KILLED BY POLICE IN AURORA, COLORADO WHO USED EXCITED DELIRIUM AS AN EXCUSE TO RESTRAIN HIM AND INJECT HIM WITH A LETHAL DOSE OF KETAMINE.

ELIJAH MCCLAIN, A 23-YEAR-OLD BLACK MAN DIED AUGUST 30, 2019, AFTER THE POLICE IN AURORA, COLORADO RESTRAINED HIM WITH A CHOKEHOLD AND PARAMEDICS INJECTED HIM WITH KETAMINE, A POWERFUL SEDATIVE. HE WAS UNARMED AND HAD NEVER BEEN ARRESTED OR CHARGED WITH A CRIME. ELIJAH’S LIFE WAS TRAGICALLY AND UNJUSTLY CUT SHORT.

THE POLICE SAID THEY BELIEVED HE WAS EXHIBITING EXCITED DELIRIUM.

AMONG MANY THINGS, ELIJAH WAS A MUSICIAN. AS A TEENAGER, HE TAUGHT HIMSELF GUITAR AND VIOLIN. HE USED MUSIC FOR GOOD, REGULARLY MAKING TRIPS TO A LOCAL PET SHOP WHERE HE WOULD PLAY FOR HOMELESS KITTENS. AFTER GRADUATING FROM TECHNICAL COLLEGE IN DENVER, ELIJAH BECAME A MASSAGE THERAPIST.

HE WAS DESCRIBED BY FRIENDS, FAMILY, AND COLLEAGUES AS A "SPIRITUAL SEEKER, PACIFIST, ODDBALL, VEGETARIAN, ATHLETE, AND PEACEMAKER WHO WAS EXCEEDINGLY GENTLE". EVEN AS HE SPOKE HIS LAST WORDS, ELIJAH’S GENTLENESS AND KINDNESS WAS UNDENIABLE.

TODAY, OVER A YEAR AFTER HIS DEATH, THESE WORDS SPREAD ACROSS OUR COUNTRY, HELPING TO SHINE LIGHT ON THE PERSISTING ISSUES OF RACISM AND POLICE BRUTALITY THAT HAUNTS OUR NATION. “HE WANTED TO CHANGE THE WORLD,” HIS MOTHER, SHENEEN MCCLAIN, TOLD SENTINEL COLORADO IN OCTOBER. “AND IT’S CRAZY, BECAUSE HE ENDED UP DOING IT ANYWAY.”

IN ELIJAH’S MEMORY AND HONOR, DR. MEENA MAKHIJANI, HARMONY PROJECT’S GENEROUS FRIEND AND DONOR, IS ESTABLISHING THE ELIJAH MCCLAIN SCHOLARSHIP FUND. THIS FUND WILL ALLOW US TO DEEPLY INVEST IN OUR DIVERSITY AND EQUITY INITIATIVES, ENSURING THAT EVERY CHILD HAS THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE SUPPORTED AND ENGAGED IN OUR ROBUST MUSIC PROGRAM, COMPLEMENTED WITH SOCIAL AND ACADEMIC SUPPORT. WE HOPE THAT THROUGH THIS FUND, OUR STUDENTS WILL BE INSPIRED TO LIVE LIKE ELIJAH LIVED, FINDING WAYS TO LIGHT UP THE WORLD IN THEIR OWN UNIQUE WAYS, MAKING IT A BETTER PLACE.

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