PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA — On Tuesday night (July 26), the most somber sisterhood delivered a powerful speech at the Democratic National Convention: They are the mothers of Black people killed by state-sanctioned violence, collectively known as the "Mothers of the Movement."
"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," Geneva Reed-Veal tearfully told the crowd.
"So many of our children are gone, but they're not forgotten."
The Mothers of the Movement is comprised of seven mothers, including Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin, Gwen Carr, mother of Eric Garner, and Geneva Reed-Veal, mother of Sandra Bland. The group has united to endorse Clinton for president, because as Reed-Veal told the crowd tonight, the Democratic nominee has heard their grief and has vowed to make a difference.
"She is a leader and a mother who will say our children's names," Reed-Veal said.
The Mothers said that Clinton is the most qualified candidate to tackle the rampant issue of police brutality, which Black Americans are overwhelmingly the victims of. All too often, the results are fatal.
"Hillary Clinton isn't afraid to say that 'Black Lives Matter,'" Lucia McBath, Jordan Davis' mom, told the crowd. "She isn't afraid to sit at a table with grieving mothers and bear the full force of our anguish."
Though they are a sisterhood that shouldn't exist — none of these women should have to be united in grief and sadness — the Mothers say Clinton will help ensure, "this club of heartbroken mothers stops growing," as McBath put it.
"Hillary Clinton has the courage to lead the fight for common sense gun legislation, Sybrina Fulton said. "This isn't about being politically correct. This is about saving our children."