Dannielle Brown has created a foundation in honour of her son, Marquis Jaylen Brown, who died in a tragic accident on 4th October 2018 at Duquesne University. University officials informed his mother that Jaylen had broken a window in his dorm room and jumped to his death. Dannielle Brown did not believe this story and felt that the university was not being open with her about the facts of the case.
Following this incident, she moved out of her home in Washington and into a tent on the campus at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh where she staged a hunger strike until Duquesne University would be fully transparent with her about her son’s case. Her hunger strike lasted for 237 days until she was taken into the University of Pittsburgh Medical Centre. She was informed by medical staff that she had to stop her hunger strike otherwise it would pose serious health risks to her and her future quality of life, which she agreed to do. She has expressed her gratitude to the medical staff for restoring her to good health.
As a result of her hunger strike, the Duquesne University provided Dannielle Brown with public safety files and video footage related to the night of her son’s death. Also, they have improved their de-escalation training and provided body-worn cameras for university officers.
The Marquis Jaylen Brown Foundation has released a statement that the organization will aim to work with college students and parents of college students to ensure that they receive support for any crisis that takes place at higher institutions and will advocate for justice on their behalf.