The second night of the Democratic National Convention, dedicated to exploring Hillary Clinton’s “Lifetime of Fighting for Children and Families,” featured speeches by mothers of black men and women who were killed by law enforcement officials.
To introduce the Mothers of the Movement, Tony Goldwyn, who plays the president of the United States on the television show “Scandal,” said Clinton believes citizens can’t ignore the country’s racial injustices.
“We have to name them, own them and change them,” he said.
The Mothers of the Movement said the goal of sharing their stories is to advocate for communities in which the police and people of color can cooperate.
They talked about how a Clinton presidency would help them achieve that goal.
Geneva Reed-Veal on her daughter Sandra Bland, a woman who was found hanged in her jail cell after a traffic stop in Texas in July 2015:
“One year ago yesterday I lived the worst nightmare anyone could imagine,” she said. “I watched as my daughter, Sandra Bland, was lowered into the earth in a coffin.”
Clinton “knows that when a young black life is cut short, it’s not just a personal loss,” Reed-Veal said. “It’s a national loss. It’s a loss that diminishes all of us.”
“She will help lead us down the path of restoration and change.”
Lucia McBath on her son Jordan Davis, who was shot at a gas station in Florida in November 2012 over an incident involving loud music:
“I still wake up everyday thinking about how to parent him, how to protect him and his legacy,” she said.
McBath added Clinton “doesn’t build walls around her heart. She invited us to become part of the solution.”
Sybrina Fulton on her son Trayvon Martin, who, while walking near his house in Florida in February 2012, was shot by a member of a neighborhood watch association:
She said she was here for Martin, but also for her other son Jahvaris Fulton, who is still alive and thriving.
Sybrina Fulton said Clinton “has the courage to lead the fight for common sense gun legislation.”