A similar, and stronger, sense of strength was exhibited by the Mothers of the Movement on Tuesday night. Seven Black women, who are the mothers of the men, women, boys and girls who have died in police encounters, stood onstage to demand an end to gun violence and share their support for Clinton, whom they said they trust to help bring about change in this vital effort.

“I lived in fear that my son would die like this,” said Lucia McBath, the mother of Jordan Davis who was fatally shot at a gas station in Florida in 2012 by a White man who grew angry over the teenager’s loud music. “I warned him that, because he was a young Black man, he would meet people who didn’t value him or his life. That is a conversation that no parent should have with their child. Hillary Clinton isn’t afraid to say that Black Lives Matter. She isn’t afraid to sit at a table with grieving mothers.”

Other mothers joined McBath onstage to share their heartbreaking experiences in losing their loved ones to such horrific circumstances, including Geneva Reed-Veal, the mother of Sandra Bland; Sybrina Fulton, the mother of Trayvon Martin, Gwen Carr, the mother of Eric Garner; Lezley McSpadden, the mother of Michael Brown; Cleopatra Pendleton-Cowley, the mother of Hadiya Pendleton; Annette Nance-Holt, mother of Blair Holt; Wanda Johnson, the mother Oscar Grant; and Maria Hamilton, the mother of Dontre Hamilton.

The crowd erupted into a standing ovation following their heartfelt speeches. It was a memorable moment that prompted an outpouring of support from people in the audience, and millions more online, who mourn the deaths of their children and praise the strength these mothers exemplify.

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