The “Mothers of the Movement” was greeted on stage at the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday by chants from the crowd “Black Lives Mater, ” the crowd shouted. The mothers were there to talk about the deaths of their children and to endorse Hillary Clinton. The parents fought back tears as they spoke about their children. The deaths of each child have sparked a national debate on race relations and police reform.
A video of Hillary Clinton was shown to the audience of her meeting and praying with the mothers. The parents of the victims have joined the potential president Hillary Clinton at campaign events across the U.S. These women are among The Black Lives Matter Movement’s best-known names which are a plus for Hillary.
Geneva Reed-Veal, the mother of Sandra Bland, who died in jail, stated “So many of our children gone but not forgotten. I’m here with Hillary Clinton because she is a leader and a mother who will say our children’s names. Hillary knows that when a young black life is cut short, it’s not just a personal loss. It is a national loss. It is a loss that diminishes all of us.”
The deaths of the innocent victims have prompted many demonstrations across the country and raised pressure on Republicans and Democrats to deal with the issue of racial differences and gun violence.
“You don’t stop being a parent when your child dies,” said Lucia McBath, the mother of 17-year-old Jordan Davis, who was killed in Jacksonville, Florida. “I am still Jordan Davis’ mother. His life ended the day he was shot and killed for playing loud music. But my job as his mother didn’t.” McBath goes on to add that “Hillary Clinton isn’t afraid to say black lives matter. She isn’t afraid to sit at a table with grieving mothers and bear the full force of our anguish. She doesn’t build walls around her heart. Not only did she listen to our problems, she invited us to become part of the solution.”
Sybrina Fulton, the mother of Trayvon Martin, said while she didn’t want the spotlight Fulton would do anything to focus on the path out of darkness. Trayvon Martin’s mom gave props to Hillary Clinton for having a strategic plan to patch up the divide that exists between law enforcement and their communities.
The “Mothers of the Movement” included Sybrina Fulton, 17- year-old Trayvon Martin’s mom.
Lezley McSpadden, the mother of 18-year-old Mike Brown.
Gwen Carr, 43-year-old Eric Garner’s mom.
Reed-Veal, the mother of 28-year-old Sandra Bland.
17-year-old Jordan Davis’s mother, Lucia McBath.
Dontré Hamilton’s mom, Maria Hamilton.
Cleopatra Pendleton-Cowley, the mother of 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton.
Annette Nance-Holt, 16-year-old Blair Holt’s mom and Wanda Johnson, the mother of 22-year-old Oscar Grant.
Each of these victims has different circumstances. Sadly, each one of them had the same result, death.
Samaria Rice, the mother of 12-year-old Tamir Rice, did not attend the Democratic National Convention along with the other mothers. She refuses to endorse both Trump and Clinton. Recently, Rice was not satisfied with President Obama and his efforts to end police brutality against innocent black people. “He may mention something about it, but he’s not really going to go into details about it and hold the government responsible for killing innocent people,” she said in an interview with Fusion.
The “Mothers of the Movement” has caused tons of controversy. The Philadelphia Fraternal Order of Police made a statement saying that its members were saddened that the widows of fallen cops were not included in the lineup. However, the nine mothers represented one of the most potent lineups of black activists for a presidential campaign.
Gwen Carr, the mother of Eric Garner, made it known in an ABC News segment that awareness must be brought now and that no one should wait until tragedy knocks on their door. Reed-Veal quoted that “This is a bad time to be a good cop in this country.” But people need to remember that they have lives too she added.
Check out the footage below of these brave women giving their speeches.