The mother of Heather Heyer spoke last night at the MTV Video Music Awards.
Susan Bro, the mother of the protestor killed in the Charlottesville attacks, says her daughter's spirit was alive at the annual music event as she announced artists being celebrated with the Best Fight Against the System award.
“Only 15 days ago, my daughter was killed as she protested racism,” she said. “I miss her, but I know she’s here tonight. I have been deeply moved to see people around the world — the whole world — find inspiration in her courage.”
Bro took to the stage to share the creation of the Heather Heyer Foundation. The nonprofit organization will provide scholarships for young people interested in social justice issues. As People shares, she was introduced by a descendant of Robert E. Lee. Although the Southern general's statue proved divisive in Charlottesville, the descendant encouraged peace and understanding.
"When they first asked me I hadn’t realized how far-reaching Heather’s message had been,” Bro said about the VMAs to People. “I was a bit skeptical. ‘What do you want a 60 year old woman on your show for?’ I didn’t realize how many people were paying attention. But now I’ve realized this is bigger than Heather, this is bigger than me. This is something that touches people everywhere, the idea that you can stand up and be counted, that you have it within you to be that hero, so I feel like I have an obligation to share that.”
Heyer was killed at the age of 32 when a white supremacist rammed a group of counter-protestors in Charlottesville, Virginia with his car.