One of the most affecting moments from the second night of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia was a speech delivered by the "Mothers of the Movement."
This group of women have one very tragic thing in common — their children were the victims of gun violence and police brutality whose deaths have motivated the continuing efforts of the Black Lives Matter movement. Together, they seek to give a voice to the sons and daughters they've lost and call for change to protect those who still live.
Prior to their speech, video was shown of the mothers meeting with Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton last November. What was supposed to just be a 30-minute discussion turned into two hours, as Clinton heard the women's stories and shared her ideas for the best ways to get their message out.
"She listened to us," said Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin. "Nobody else listened to us."
Upon walking onto the DNC stage, the women were greeted by a chorus of "Black lives matter!" from the crowd. Geneva Reed-Veal quieted them so she could share the story of her daughter Sandra Bland's death last year while in police custody.
"What a blessing tonight to be here so that Sandy can still speak through her mama," she said to applause.
Lucia McBath, the mother of Jordan Davis — a teenager shot to death after an argument over loud music, — shared anecdotes about her son and expressed her support for Hillary Clinton. "Not only did she listen to our problems," McBath said, "she invited us to become a part of the solution."
McBath encouraged police officers and Black communities to work together to keep people safe. "The majority of police officers are good people doing a good job," she said.
The final words came from Sybrina Fulton, who called for common sense gun laws and argued that Hillary Clinton is the right candidate to make it happen.
"This isn't about being politically correct," she said. "This is about saving our children."