'This is about saving our children,' Trayvon Martin's mother says

By Will Robinson
Updated July 26, 2016 at 12:00 PM EDT
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The so-called Mothers of the Movement brought the Democratic National Convention to a standing ovation with their deeply emotional speeches Tuesday night.

“This isn’t about being politically correct,” Trayvon Martin’s mother Sybrina Fulton said. “This is about saving our children.”

Mothers of the late Martin, Sandra Bland, Jordan Davis, Eric Garner, Hadiya Pendleton, Dontré Hamilton, Michael Brown, Oscar Grant — all black Americans who have died as a result of violent acts — took the Philadelphia stage in support of Hillary Clinton. Scandal star Tony Goldwyn introduced the women to the stage, saying, “I am proud tonight to introduce a group of women profoundly impacted by injustice and violence, who have turned their pain into power, and their outrage into action. They understand that we must reach out to each other because of our diversity, because we are stronger together.”

A video aired detailing the women’s meeting with Clinton last November, where the presidential nominee met with the group for over two hours, listened to them, and collaborated on what work can be done in the future.

“One year ago yesterday, I lived the worst nightmare anyone could imagine: I watched as my daughter, Sandra Bland, was lowered into the ground in a coffin,” said Bland’s mother, Geneva Reed-Veal. “I am here with Hillary Clinton tonight, because she is a leader and a mother who will say our children’s names. She knows that when a young black life is cut short, it’s not just a loss: it’s a personal loss. It’s a national loss. It’s a loss that diminishes all of us.”

“Hillary Clinton isn’t afraid to say that Black Lives Matter,” said Lucy McBath, Davis’ mother. “She isn’t afraid to sit at a table with grieving mothers and bear the full force of our anguish. She doesn’t build walls around her heart. Not only did she listen to our problems, she invited us to become a part of this solution.”

Jazz singer Andra Day appeared to perform “Rise Up” — a riveting and galvanizing ballad — after Fulton’s remarks concluded the mothers’ segment.

See the mothers’ full remarks above.