Mel R. Groves was a victim of such deep systemic violence.

The memorial picture of Mel Groves with his birthday of April 27, 1996 and the day of his death as October 11, 2021. in the middle of the picture there is a selfie in grayscale with Mel looking at the camera with a neutral expression on his face.

Since he was 19 years old, Mel had to deal with persistent discrimination, poverty, homelessness, victimization and criminalization.

Mel embodied resilience.

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