Seven black women whose children have been killed by gun violence or in police custody took the stage at the Democratic National Convention Tuesday night to endorse Hillary Clinton and the Black Lives Matter movement. The women, known as the Mothers of the Movement included Gwen Carr, the mother of Eric Garner; Sybrina Fulton, Trayvon Martin’s mother; Maria Hamilton, Dontré Hamilton’s mother; Lucia McBath, the mother of Jordan Davis; Lezley McSpadden, Michael Brown’s mother; Cleopatra Pendlton-Cowley, Hadiya Pendleton’s mother; and Geneva Reed-Veal, the mother of Sandra Bland.
“When a young, black life is cut short, it’s not just a loss,” Geneva Reed-Veal told the DNC audience. “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.”