Mother of slain teen Trayvon Martin Sybrina Fulton gave the acceptance speech for Black Girls Rock Community Change Agent Award on behalf of Mothers of the Movement.
Presented by activist Tamika D. Mallory on Sunday, Black Girls Rock conferred the award to the group for its advocacy efforts for sensible gun legislation and educating communities.
Fulton thanked their many supporters before launching into what drives the movement. She was joined on stage by movement mothers Gwen Carr, Congresswoman Lucy McBath, Maria Hamilton and Cleopatra Pendleton-Cowley. The five women became the face of anti-gun violence during the 2016 election cycle.
“We also like to thank Hilary Clinton for allowing us to campaign with her in 2016,” Fulton said.
“And while we built a sisterhood, this is not a club that any of us wanted to join. This award is for all the mothers of the movement and women whose names we’ll never know.”
Black Girls Rock is founded by activist and model Beverly Bond. The organization gave the award to Mothers of the Movement for its activism.
McBath, the mother of the late Jordan Davis, who was killed by a white man who considered the music coming from the car Jordan was in too loud, ran for the U.S. Congress and won. Carr, Eric Garner’s mother, kept the memory of her son alive until the officer who killed him was fired from the New York police force last month.
Fulton, who cofounded the Trayvon Martin Foundation, is a candidate for Miami-Dade County Commission, District 1. She will face Oliver Gilbert III, the current mayor of her home city, Miami Gardens.
Mothers of the Movement are made of women who have lost a child to senseless gun violence, sometimes by police officers.
“I have not only been fighting for Trayvon Martin but I have been fighting for the voice of Jordan Davis, Eric Garner, Dante Hamilton, Mike Brown, Sandra Bland – just for all of those people who you may know or not know,” Fulton said during an onscreen interview. “We believe our children’s lives matter. We are tired of losing our children and no one is being held accountable.”