‘You Don’t Stop Being A Mother When Your Child Dies” Mothers Of The Movement Speak At DNC
While Michelle Obama stole the spotlight on the first night of the Democratic National Convention, it was another group of Black women that did the same on the second night. Mothers of the Movement, Black women who have lost their sons or daughters at the hands of gun violence, trigger happy- neighborhood watchmen, and police officers, spoke on Tuesday night, in remembrance of their children and in support of Hillary Clinton.
Dontré Hamilton’s mother, Maria Hamilton stood there along with Eric Garner’s mother, Gwen Carr, Sandra Bland’s mother Geneva Reed-Veal, Jordan Davis’ mother, Lucia Bath, Hadiya Pendleton’s mother Cleopatra Pendleton-Cowley, Trayvon Martin’s mother Sybrina Fulton and Michael Brown’s mother Lezley McSpadden.
Sandra Bland’s mother was the first to speak..
“One year ago, yesterday, I lived the worst nightmare anyone could imagine. I watched as my daughter, Sandra Bland, was lowered into the ground in a coffin. She was my fourth of five daughters and she was gone. No, no. Not on administrative leave but on permanent leave from this earth. Found hanging in a jail cell, after an unlawful traffic stop and an unlawful arrest…
So many of our children are gone but they are not forgotten.
I am here with Hillary Clinton tonight because she is a leader and a mother who will say our children’s names. She knows that when a young Black life is cut short, its not just a loss—it’s a personal loss, it’s a national loss, its a loss that diminishes all of us. What a blessing tonight to be standing here so that Sandy can still speak through her momma.”
Lucia McBath, Jordan Davis’ mother was next.
“You don’t stop being a mom when your child dies. You don’t stop being a parent. I am still Jordan Davis’ mother. His life ended the day that he was shot and killed for playing loud music. But my job as his mother didn’t. I still wake up everyday thinking about how to parent him, how to protect him and his legacy, how to ensure that his death doesn’t overshadow his life…I lived in fear that my son would die like this. I even warned him that because he was a young, Black man, he would meet people who didn’t value him or his life. That is a conversation that no parent should ever have with their child…
The majority of police officers are good people doing a good job and we’re also going to keep using our voices and our votes to support leaders like Hillary Clinton who will help us protect one another so that this club of heartbroken mothers stops growing.”
And Trayvon Martin’s mother Sybrina Fulton wrapped it up.
“I am an unwilling participant in this movement. I would not have signed up for this or any other mother standing up here today. But I am here today for my son, Trayvon Martin, who is in heaven. And also for his brother Javaris Fulton who is still here on this earth. I did not want this spotlight but I will do everything I can to focus some of this light on the pain of a path out of the darkness. Hillary Clinton has the courage to lead the fight for common sense gun legislation…This isn’t about being politically correct. This is about saving our children. We’d like to leave with you what God has given us: strength, love and peace.”
You can watch all of their remarks in the video below.