by James Hill
July 27, 2016
When Michelle Obama took the stage at the Democratic National Convention, she wasn’t just doing it as the First Lady, but as a Black mom. And that trend continued on night two of the DNC when nine black mothers, all who have lost their children to gun violence or police brutality, took the stage.
You know the children, but you may not know the mothers:
Sabrina Fulton — Trayvon Martin’s mom.
Lezley McSpadden — Michael Brown’s mom.
Gwen Carr — Eric Garner’s mom.
Geneva Reed-Veal — Sandra Bland’s mom.
Lucia McBath — Jordan Davis’ mom.
Maria Hamilton — Dontre Hamilton’s mom.
Cleopatra Pendlton-Cowley — Hadiya Pendleton’s mom.
Annette Nance-Holt — Blair Holt’s mom.
Wanda Johnson — Oscar Grant’s mom.
No shame, we were in literal tears watching these black mothers stand in solidarity together and with Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, while they paid tribute to their dead children. Our hearts sang as cries of “Black Lives Matter” rang out in the crowd.
Against this backdrop, McBath said: “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.”
As a bridge between the personal and the political, Reed-Veal said “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.”
But don’t take our word for it, watch it here:
TELL US: Do you feel that Hillary and the Democrats are taking the Black Lives Matter movement seriously?