Mothers Of The Movement
Mothers of the Movement, seven mothers united in grief over the loss of their children to gun violence or excessive use of force by police, spoke at the Democratic National Convention on behalf of Hillary Clinton Tuesday night.
Geneva Reed-Veal (mother of Sandra Bland), Lucia McBath (mother of Jordan Davis), Gwen Carr (mother of Eric Garner), Sybrina Fulton (mother of Trayvon Martin), Maria Hamilton (mother of Dontré Hamilton), Lezley McSpadden (mother of Michael Brown), Annette Nance-Holt (mother of Blair Holt), Wanda Johnson (mother of Oscar Grant), and Cleopatra Pendleton-Cowley (mother of Hadiya Pendleton) in their grief, courage and strength sent a very strong and clear message to the world – Black Lives Matter.
Geneva, who buried her daughter 366 days ago said, “What a blessing tonight to be standing here, so that Sandy can still speak through her mama. And what a blessing it is for all of us if we seize it, we gotta seize it, to cast our votes for a president who will help lead us down the path toward restoration and change.”
Lucia praised Hillary Clinton for not being afraid to say “Black Lives Matter.” She continued, “She isn’t afraid to sit at a table with grieving mothers and bear the full force of our anguish.”
Sybrina stated, “I am an unwilling participant in this movement. I would not have signed up for this or any other mother that’s standing here with me today. But I am here today for my son, Trayvon Martin, who is in heaven.”