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Tue Aug 14, 2018, 11:33 AM Aug 2018

Mothers of the Movement, Surviving and Thriving

Last edited Tue Aug 14, 2018, 01:14 PM - Edit history (2)

Let me start off by saying that I love and respect these women a great deal. They are some of the most courageous and inspiring folks around. If it comes across that I am emotionally invested in their journey, I am. These ladies deserve to be lifted, individually and collectively, for the work they've done and are continuing to do.
If you're looking for someone to "be your voice", I would urge you to consider learning to amplify your own. You don't have to be a part of the political class to matter. Sometimes, no one else has your story to share. Lifting your own voice may be the very first spark of a movement.
Seven women, united by a mother's worst nightmare, decided to add their own voices to a growing movement. Seven sisters were recruited into a most somber association. Their sorority's meet and greets look and feel more like a church revival than the beginning of "rush". There are no bake sales to make new "house" purchases or dance parties at the local club on Thursday nights. The colors that unite them are a stark combination of black and red.
During the 2016 election season, they campaigned with Sec. Clinton. All around the country, they bravely shared their stories of pain and loss. They even made a special appearance at the 2016 Democratic National Convention.

(Mothers of the Movement at the 2016 Democratic National Convention)

But their stories did not end there.

These mothers have turned their grief into growth. Their pain of yesterday is becoming tomorrow's progress. Some have entered the world of politics. Others have become authors, making the rounds across the nation's campuses. They've all been raising awareness about police violence against our communities.

I will be posting updates about these mothers on a regular basis. Today, I will focus on Sybrina Fulton. In the clips below, she'll tell you about her journey.... in her own words. It is my hope they will inspire you to be, use, and lift your own voice.

(Gail King Interview on CBS This Morning)

(Talking about the new 6 part series, Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story)

(Encouraging Diamond on Inyanla: Fix My Life)

Mothers of the Movement:
Lezley McSpadden, mother of Michael Brown
Cleopatra Pendelton-Crowley, mother of Hadiya Pendelton
Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin
Geneva Reed-Veal, mother of Sandra Bland
Gwen Carr, mother of Eric Garner
Lucy McBath, mother of Jordan Davis
Maria Hamilton, mother of Dontre Hamilton

Still saying their names.

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Mothers of the Movement, Surviving and Thriving (Original Post) spicysista Aug 2018 OP
generations of strength heaven05 Aug 2018 #1
Indeed. spicysista Aug 2018 #2
I love and respect these women. brer cat Aug 2018 #3
Yes! spicysista Aug 2018 #5
While so many white woman whine radical noodle Aug 2018 #4
THANK YOU for posting about these amazing, courageous women. I cannot even niyad Aug 2018 #6
Yes! spicysista Aug 2018 #7


(18,124 posts)
1. generations of strength
Tue Aug 14, 2018, 12:00 PM
Aug 2018

in all these women👴🏽 The murder of their sons and daughters gives us a reflection of the pain that is and can never be remedied by racist courts, laws or racist non-justice, as has always been, for AA. As has been the case. May they stay strong.

brer cat

(24,537 posts)
3. I love and respect these women.
Tue Aug 14, 2018, 12:47 PM
Aug 2018

Lucy McBath is running for Congress from GA and I hope we can carry her over to have this fierce gun-control advocate in a position to make a difference.

radical noodle

(7,999 posts)
4. While so many white woman whine
Tue Aug 14, 2018, 12:52 PM
Aug 2018

about not having a white history month, these women face unspeakable tragedy with such courage.


(113,137 posts)
6. THANK YOU for posting about these amazing, courageous women. I cannot even
Wed Aug 15, 2018, 12:54 PM
Aug 2018

begin to imagine what they are going through, and how strong they have to be to speak out as they are doing.

HRC gave a moving tribute to them in her book.


(1,663 posts)
7. Yes!
Wed Aug 15, 2018, 01:05 PM
Aug 2018

I'm also going to highlight HRC and other allies. There's been some amazing organizing around these ladies. People have been coming forward to lift them and their stories from all over. It's truly beautiful.

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