Heather Heyer's Mother Appeared At The VMAs To Announce A New Foundation In Her Daughter's Name

"Heather never marched alone."

This year's MTV Video Music Awards was about more than just the music— it also made several timely political statements. Not only did the network invite transgender service members to walk the red carpet in response to President Trump's recent ban, but the show also took a moment to address the recent violence in Charlottesville.

Susan Bro, whose daughter Heather Heyer was killed earlier this month when a car plowed into a crowd of counter-protesters during a White nationalist rally in the Virginia town, appeared on stage to present the Fight Against the System Award and pay tribute to her daughter.


She was introduced by Robert Lee IV, a descendant of Confederate general Robert E. Lee, whose statue was a focus of the recent rally. He condemned the racism he said his ancestor has come to symbolize. "As a pastor, it is my moral duty to speak out against racism, America's original sin," he told the cheering crowd, asking "all of us with privilege and power" to do the same.

And that's just what Heather Heyer did before she died. Bro, who previously said she wanted her daughter's death to be a "rallying cry for justice," took the stage to announce the launch of the Heather Heyer Foundation, which will "provide scholarships to help more people join Heather's fight against hatred."

"I want people to know that Heather never marched alone," Bro continued. "She was always joined by people from every race and every background in this country."

Bro then shared that MTV had decided to honor all six nominees in the Fight Against the System category for their messages of social justice. They included Big Sean for "Light," Alessia Cara for "Scars to Your Beautiful," The Hamilton Mixtape's "Immigrants (We Get the Job Done)," John Legend for "Surefire," Logic and Damian Lemar Hudson for "Black SpiderMan," and Taboo and Shailene Woodley for "Stand Up / Stand N Rock."

"I congratulate all these artists on their VMA tonight," Bro closed her speech, "and I look forward to the important work that they, and all of you, will do together to make the world a better, kinder place."

Sunday night's ceremony featured several important statements, including Logic's performance of his song "1-800-273-8255," which is the phone number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. According to Billboard, the rapper was accompanied on stage by suicide survivors wearing shirts which read, "You are not alone."

Paris Jackson also spoke out against the events in Charlottesville while presenting the Best Pop Video award, saying, "We must show these Nazi White supremacist jerks in Charlottesville and all over the country that as a nation with liberty as our slogan we have zero tolerance for their violence, their hatred and their discrimination."

Watch Susan Bro's moving speech in the video below:

(H/T: Rolling Stone)


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