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While many of us were first learning about and watching the disturbing video of Sandra Bland’s initial arrest, her mother, Geneva Reed-Veal was eulogizing her.

Bland’s funeral was held at the Johnson Phillip All Faiths Church on Prairie View’s campus on Tuesday night. Bland was scheduled to start a new position at the university when she was pulled over for failing to signal when she turned.

According to the Dallas News, Reed-Veal paced back and forth as she told an energized crowd, “something occurred that is going to change the world.” 

Reed-Veal shared that before she left for Texas, Bland told her mother, “My purpose is to go back to Texas and stop all of the injustices in the South.” 

She also delivered some heart wrenching words about the unimaginable task of burying a child.

“I have a baby to put in the ground. She wasn’t my convict, she wasn’t my suspect- she was my baby.”

She also took time to question the validity behind Sandra’s cause of death, saying “There is not anywhere I could see that my baby took her own life.” 

And then, in what is perhaps the most memorable part of the service, Reed-Veal prepared herself for what’s to come saying, “Once I put this baby in the ground, I’m ready…This means war.”

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