The Mothers of Black Men and Women Lost to Gun Violence and Police Brutality Take the Stage at the DNC.

Mothers of the Movement

The mothers of Sandra Bland, Jordan Davis, Eric Garner, Hadiya Pendleton, Dontré Hamilton, Michael Brown and Oscar Grant took the stage at the second night of the Democratic National Convention to deliver a powerful message.

Geneva Reed-Veal, mother of Sandra Bland, spoke of the pain of “on permanent leave from this earth,” after she was found dead in a jail cell “after an unlawful traffic stop and an unlawful arrest.” She also voiced support for Hillary Clinton.

“She is a leader and a mother who will say our children’s names,” said Reed-Veal. “She knows that when a young black life is cut short, it’s not just a loss. It’s a personal loss. It’s a national loss. It’s a loss that diminishes all of us. What a blessing tonight to be standing here so that Sandy can still speak through her mama!”

Jordan Davis’ mother, Lucia McBath and Trayvon Martin’s mother, Sybrina Fulton also spoke out. Fulton described herself “an unwilling participant in this movement” and called for an end to gun violence in America. The group of women entered and exited the stage to chants of “Black Lives Matter” in addition to a standing ovation.