In a muggy, cramped Baptist church here Tuesday night, five grieving mothers —- all of whom have lost a child to gun violence or allegations of police brutality -— sat on stage beside Hillary Clinton, Gabby Giffords and Mark Kelly for a roundtable where they shared their stories, made a plea for gun control and offered their heart-felt endorsements of the Democratic presidential candidate.
“Nobody reached out to us. Nobody listened to us. Nobody said black lives matter until this brave and powerful woman stood up for us,” Sybrina Fulton, the mother of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed teenager who was killed by George Zimmerman in 2012, said about Clinton at the Central Baptist Church in Columbia, S.C.
Dontre Hamilton's mom describes first meeting w Clinton: "I broke down on her shoulder. I owe her a cleaning bill." pic.twitter.com/xUuYy7SmOm
— Liz Kreutz (@ABCLiz) February 24, 2016
Fulton is one of the five women who call themselves the “Mothers of the Movement,” referring to a growing, national effort to end racial violence and to reform the criminal justice system. The group also includes the mothers of Eric Garner, Dontre Hamilton, Jordan Davis and Sandra Bland.
The mothers had a private meeting with Clinton in Chicago last November, and they are now traveling South Carolina to campaign for her ahead of the state’s primary on Saturday.