NEW YORK (PIX11) – The three distinguished women on stage – holding the proclamations – were members of group they never asked to be a part of.
All three lost sons to gun violence, all three are also too familiar with the kind of pain that Sabrina Fulton found herself writhing in when an armed community watchman gunned down her son – Trayvon Martin.
“It hurts when we don’t know when your child or loved one dies unexpectedly. But seeing after my son, and it’s happening every day – you ask what’s going on with this world today,” said Valerie Bell.
The loss of Valerie Bell’s beloved Sean and both of Jackie Rowe-Adams two sons still weighs heavily on their hearts and minds.
“My helpless part, is scary. It’s pain. Every day, but I keep it morning, and move forward. When the phone rings – late or night. I live in fear almost every day but nobody knows it,” said Rowe-Adams.
But on this celebration of black history month, where actor and Civil rights legend Harry Belafonte tried unsuccessfully to blend in the crowd.
It was no accident this event is taking place here, in SEIU 1199’s Times Square auditorium.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke in the very union hall in March 1968 – a month before his untimely death.
The spirit of Dr. King was alive and well on this night, these mothers made sure of that.