Lucia McBath at the DNC 2016: "I Lived in Fear That My Son Would Die Like This"

Lucia McBath at the DNC 2016: "I Lived in Fear That My Son Would Die Like This"
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On the second night of the Democratic National Convention, Lucia McBath, the mother of Jordan Davis, made a heartfelt speech about being the mother of a son who was a victim of racial charged gun violence in the United States.

"I lived in fear that my son would die like this," said McBath, one of eight women featured as Mothers of the Movement. "I even warned him that because he was a young black man he would meet people who would not value him and his life — that is a conversation that no parent should ever have with their child."

Lucia McBath cries in court after Michael Dunn was found guilty of first-degree murder.
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McBath's own fears came true on Nov. 23, 2012 when her 17-year-old son was murdered by a 47-year-old white man. Davis was in a car in Jacksonville, Florida, listening to loud music when Michael Dunn approached him and his friends to demand that they turn down the volume. After an argument, Davis went back to his vehicle to retrieve a handgun and shot at Davis' car 10 times.

Dunn was found guilty for first-degree murder and received a life sentence plus 90 years for killing Davis.

Lucia McBath, Davis' mother, has dedicated some of her time after her son's death writing essays critiquing the criminal justice system and the way young black men are treated in the United States. McBath was also featured in an HBO documentary, 3 1/2 Minutes, Ten Bullets, about her son's death.

In an op-ed in January, McBath announced she would be voting for Hillary Clinton for president since she believes the former secretary of state would implement common-sense gun laws. 

Watch the mothers of the movement speak here:


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