Watch Mothers of the Movement Share Their Strength, Love and Peace at the Democratic National Convention

Mothers of the Movement spoke at the Democratic National Convention tonight. In the ten minutes they stood together on stage, they offered strength, hope, love, and a promise to continue to use their voices to amplify the message of Black Lives Matter. Within seconds of leaving the stage, #MothersOfTheMovement shot to the top of Twitter’s worldwide trends as the country came together to honor their courage.

These are the mothers of Trayvon MartinMichael BrownEric GarnerSandra BlandJordan DavisDontré Hamilton, and Hadiya Pendleton.

This is their full speech.

Heather Hogan is an Autostraddle managing editor who lives in New York City with her partner, Stacy, and their cackle of rescued pets. She's a member of the Television Critics Association, the Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, and a Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer critic. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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  1. I never know what to say about these women…mainly because I cannot imagine being robbed of a child and wanting to get out of bed the next day, much less stand on a national stage and initiate a call for peace.

    God bless them…and let us fashion a better world where no other woman has to join that tragic sorority.

  2. I want my faith to grow as strong as theirs. I just want a little of what they have, what Michelle has, what Maya Angelou had and Shirley Chisholm and Sojourner Truth had. Watching these women makes me feel taller, if that makes sense.

    Sigh… I shouldn’t have watched this at work. I can’t pull myself together now.

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