Families Of Slain Unarmed Black Men Send Powerful Messages To Protesters

WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 13:  (L-R)  Kadiatou Diallo, mother of Amadou Diallo; Sybrina Fulton, the mother of Trayvon Martin;
WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 13: (L-R) Kadiatou Diallo, mother of Amadou Diallo; Sybrina Fulton, the mother of Trayvon Martin; Samaira Rice, the mother of Tamir Rice; Lesley McSpadden, the mother of Michael Brown Jr; and Rev. Al Sharpton raise their hands in the air during the 'Justice For All' march and rally through the nation's capital December 13, 2014 in Washington, DC. Organized by Sharpton's National Action Network, this march and others like it across the country aim to tell Congress and the country that demonstrators will not stand down until there is systemic change, accountability and justice in cases of police misconduct. Sharpton said the demonstration is happening in Washington 'because all over the country we all need to come together and demand this Congress deal with the issues, that we need laws to protect the citizens in these states from these state grand jurors.' (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Thousands nationwide have mourned the deaths of unarmed black men -- but few have grieved as much as the relatives of those who have passed.

On Saturday, the families of many black men who died too soon led marches across America to decry racial injustice.

The mothers of Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner, Michael Brown and Tamir Rice led a march in Washington of more than 50,000 protesters. Before doing so, each addressed the crowd to preach against police brutality and praise protesters for their support.

Meanwhile, in various cities across the country, families of other young men killed during racially-charged instances -- including relatives of Emmett Till, who was murdered in Mississippi in 1955, and Jordan Davis, who was shot to death in Florida in 2012 for allegedly playing music too loudly -- joined demonstrations to share their reflections and send a message of solidarity: Black Lives Matter.

Below are some of the more notable remarks from relatives on Saturday.

Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin:

“We are together. We are united. We are standing. And we are going to fight together.”

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Gwenn Carr, mother of Eric Garner:

“Look at the masses. Black, white, all races, all religions… We need to stand like this at all times.”

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Lesley McSpadden, mother of Michael Brown:

“If they don’t see this and make a change, then I don’t know what we got to do. Thank you for having my back.”

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Samiria Rice, mother of Tamir Rice:

“We will get justice for our children. Believe that.”

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Airickca Gordon-Taylor, cousin of Emmett Till:

“We can’t breathe. Emmett couldn’t breathe. And we stand with them, we stand firmly. And we can’t breathe until we get justice in America for all our children.”


Ron Davis, father of Jordan Davis:

“We ended up getting an historic moment in Jacksonville, Florida, where we had an almost all white jury with seven white men convict a white man for shooting down an unarmed boy of color. We touched the hearts of the jurors because color didn’t matter, and that’s what we want in America.”

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Nicholas Heyward Sr, father of Nicholas Heyward Jr.:

“The non indictment in the Eric Garner was sickening to me. Sickening and painful. It’s an injustice that’s going on. And it’s been going on for a very, very, very long time.”

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Constance Malcolm, mother of Ramarley Graham:

“We must get justice for our loved ones. Our loved ones can no longer breathe.”

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Kadiatou Diallo, mother of Amadou Diallo:

“We’ve been there so many times. It’s been 16 years. In 2000, when the four white officers were acquitted of killing my son, I thought the world was ending. Think about all these young children we’re taking away from us.”

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Sebastian Murdock and Carly Schwartz contributed reporting.