The grieving parents walked on stage together as Mothers of the Movement – a group who have been campaigning against gun violence and racism at the hands of police since the deaths of their children.
They all urged voters to back Hillary Clinton, as she ‘isn’t afraid to say Black Lives Matter’.Tony Goldwyn, who plays President Grant in the ABC hit series Scandal and works with the Innocence Project, introduced the six women to the stage.
Their remarks brought the crowd at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia to a standstill.
Geneva Reed-Vead, the mother of 28-year-old Sandra Bland, said: ‘Exactly 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.
‘I’m here with Hillary Clinton because she is a leader and a mother who will say our children’s names.
‘Hillary knows that when a young black life is cut short, it’s not just a personal loss. It is a national loss. It is a loss that diminishes all of us.
‘What a blessing to here tonight, so that Sandy can still speak through her mama.