A speech by a group of mothers whose children have been killed by gun violence or police officers in the United State was one of the highlights of the Democratic National Convention.
Known as Mothers of the Movement, the ladies voiced their support for the Democratic party’s presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton.
They included the mother of black teenager Michael Brown, shot dead by a white officer in Ferguson and the mother of Jordan Davis, a Florida teenager killed over a small dispute at a gas station.
Hillary Clinton isn't afraid to say black lives matter
“Hillary Clinton isn’t afraid to say black lives matter. She isn’t afraid to sit at a table with grieving mothers and bear the full force of our anguish. She doesn’t build the walls around her heart. Not only did she listen to our problems, she invited us to become part of the solution,” said Lucia Mcbath, mother of Jordan Davis.
Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin, an African-American teenage boy shot by a neighbourhood watch volunteer said, “Hillary Clinton has the compassion and understanding to support grieving mothers. She has the courage to lead the fight for common sense gun legislation. She has a plan. She has a plan to divide that so often exists between law enforcement and the communities that they served.”
Following a spate of police killings of black people in the US, the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement has prompted protests against police brutality toward minorities and stoked a national debate on race and policing.