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Black Media Honors Honoree: The Mothers of the Movement

  • Sybrina Fulton (Trayvon Martin) 
  • Congresswoman Lucia McBath (Jordan Davis) 
  • Gwen Carr (Eric Garner) 
  • Geneva Reed-Veal (Sandra Bland) 
  • Maria Hamilton (Dontre Hamilton) 
  • Cleopatra Cowley Pendleton (Hadiya Pendleton) 

Mothers of the Movement is a group of women whose African American children have been killed by police officers or by gun violence. Members of the group have appeared on various television shows, at award ceremonies, and political events to share their experiences of losing a son or daughter to police violence and advocate for political change. 

The Mothers of the Movement started as a result of the 2013 acquittal of George Zimmerman after he fatally shot and killed teenager Trayvon Martin. The women have attended many conventions to spread awareness of the crisis that is police brutality in the United States. They use their grief to rally involvement in communities and highlight the injustice they’ve endured with the loss of their children’s lives. They also talk about life after loss, the five stages of grief (denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance), and how to move forward after a traumatic event.

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