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An emotional moment during the Democratic National Convention came when the mothers of African-Americans who were the victims of gun violence or police-involved deaths made a plea to voters to choose Hillary Clinton in November because she “isn’t afraid to say black lives matter.”
The women, called “The Mothers of the Movement,” took turns speaking of their anguish of losing their children.
“I lived in fear my son would die like this,” said Lucia McBath, the mother of 17-year-old Jordan Davis, who was fatally shot by man who was upset about the volume of the music in the car her son was in. The man who shot Davis, Michael Dunn, was sentenced to life in prison in 2014.
“I even warned him that because he was a young, black man, he would meet people who didn’t value his life. That is a conversation no parent should ever have with their child. Hillary Clinton isn’t afraid to say that black lives matter,” McBath said. “She isn’t afraid to sit at a table with grieving mothers and bear the full force of our anguish.”
The crowd broke into chants of “Black Lives Matter” during the speech.
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