Gwen Carr, the mother of Eric Garner; Sybrina Fulton, Trayvon Martin’s mother; Maria Hamilton, Dontré Hamilton’s mother; Lucia McBath, the mother of Jordan Davis; Lezley McSpadden, Michael Brown’s mother; Cleopatra Pendlton-Cowley, Hadiya Pendleton’s mother; and Geneva Reed-Veal, the mother of Sandra Bland are all scheduled to speak on Tuesday.
The Philadelphia Fraternal Order of Police has even stated that the group is “shocked and saddened” that these mothers have been chosen as speakers at the DNC.
The dangerous, mob-like fervor of the Republican National Convention and its divisive, fear-mongering rhetoric has made the stakes of Tuesday night’s speeches incredibly high.
BLM and the majority of the movement have been focused around expanding empathy through showing the humanity of black life and organizing peaceful protests following the tragedies that befall black Americans as their humanity is ignored.
However, despite the overall dip, black voter turnout actually increased in the states with a large BLM presence.