NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Sybrina Fulton, Lesley McSpadden and Wanda Johnson are just a few members of a group that no one ever wants to join.
They are united in their heartbreak and outrage since their sons Trayvon Martin (Fulton), Michael Brown (McSpadden) and Oscar Grant (Johnson) were killed by gun violence.
Fulton, McSpadden, Johnson and the other members of The Mothers of the Movement are coming to Douglass Residential College at Rutgers University–New Brunswick for a social justice teach-in Thursday, Nov. 14 at 12:30 p.m.
The event, which will be held in Voorhees Chapel, is free and open to the public
The Mothers of the Movement is a group of African-American women whose children have been killed by gun violence, including some by law enforcement officers.
These high profile deaths have sparked national outcry and inspired social justice movements such as Black Lives Matter.
Speakers will include Fulton, McSpadden, Johnson, Gwen Carr (Eric Garner), Valerie Bell (Sean Bell’s mother) and Kadi Diallo (Amadou Diallo's mother) as well as Marion Gray-Hopkins (Gary Hopkins Jr.’s mother), Greta Williams (Kevin Cooper’s mother), Gwen Wesley (Cliff Wesley’s mother) and Hawa Bah (Mohamed Bah’s mother).
The first 100 guests will receive a free book by one of the featured speakers.
“According to a study by Rutgers University sociologist Frank Edwards, one in 1,000 African-American men and boys will be killed by police in our country. Additionally, black men and boys are 2.5 times more likely than their white peers to die at the hands of police,” said Jacquelyn Litt, dean of Douglass Residential College. “The Mothers of the Movement have unfortunately lived this tragedy firsthand. They now use their voices to further illuminate this epidemic in our country and to unite social justice activists to speak out against injustice. They are incredible role models for our students and the Rutgers community at large.”
Douglass Residential College, the Institute for Women's Leadership, the Department of Women's and Gender Studies, the Paul Robeson Centennial Celebration and the Division of Diversity, Inclusion and Community Engagement are co-sponsors for this event.
Douglass Residential College at Rutgers University cultivates knowledge, skills and resources needed to take up the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century.