Alicia Keys closed the curtain on day 2 of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia with a musical performance dedicated to the mothers of slain children.
“Women are the answer. We have the power to ensure this country gets on the right path,” Keys said before singing “Superwoman” on Tuesday evening. “I dedicate this song to the Mothers of the Movement and all mothers who have lost their sons and their daughters to senseless violence. Until we deal with gun violence in this country, we can’t claim home of the brave.”
Earlier in Tuesday’s program, the mothers of the late Martin, Sandra Bland, Jordan Davis, Eric Garner, Hadiya Pendleton, Dontré Hamilton, Michael Brown, and Oscar Grant delivered powerful speeches honoring their children and calling for change.
Keys introduced her next song, “In Common,” by speaking out against Republican nominee Donald Trump without directly mentioning him. “It’s time to stand together and be united. We can’t let politics divide us. We got to show the world that bigotry and fear will never win, because we have so much in common,” Keys said.
“Tonight is a celebration because we are stronger together!” she added later. “The way forward is with acceptance and love. Let’s acknowledge our differences and celebrate them. Dr. King said, ‘The last word must always be love.'”