Motherhood is no easy feat. For some it means sacrifice, added responsibility, patience, empathy, and unconditional love. Unfortunately, with all of these powerful forces exuding from a mother’s heart, it can’t protect a child from the dangers of the world.

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There have been several lives taken by the hands of police. Some of those lives include innocent African American youth whose only offense is existing while Black. This Mother’s Day [Sunday, May 8], as families get together to cherish life and love, some mothers can only hold onto the memory of their children.

In a speech with the Library of Congress, Geneva Reed-Veal, mother of Sandra Bland, reduced her audience to tears, sharing a microcosm of the emotions she faced learning that at 27, her daughter was dead.


“If you want me to believe that my daughter—that I sent down there sitting up, driving her own vehicle—would be sent home in a capsule in the bottom of a plane with luggage on top of her, that I’m going to shut up? I will not. I will not. I will continue to speak for every mother paralyzed because of the loss of their child.

Listen to Sandra Bland’s Mother from Josh Begley on Vimeo.

For some, Mother’s Day is a constant reminder of the injustices in the police force that ripped a special piece of their heart away.

While we celebrate our mothers for their love, guidance, and strength, take a moment to reflect on the strength, dedication, and will of those bearing the day without their children due to police brutality.