Heather Heyer's Grieving Mother Created a Heart-Stopping Moment at the VMAs

Robert E. Lee's Descendant On Confederate Statues

During the VMAs at The Forum in Los Angeles, a descendant of Lee's, Reverend Robert Wright Lee IV, introduced Susan before her speech about her daughter. Rev.

In between performances from pop stars, Rev. Robert Lee IV (a descendant of Civil War general Robert E. Lee) arrived into introduce Bro, whose daughter, 32-year-old Heather Heyer, was killed in Charlottesville, Virginia, when a auto ran into people who were protesting the white supremacist rally. In Charlottesville the removal of monuments resulted in violence.

Robert E. Lee IV - a descendent of the Confederate general in the Civil War whose statue led to the white nationalist protests - preached a similar message before introducing Bro on stage.

"As a pastor, it is my moral duty to speak out against racism, America's original sin", Lee said in his brief speech, to a burst of applause.

"We have made my ancestor an idol of white supremacy, racism, and hate".

Lee cited Black Lives Matter, the women who marched in January's Women's March, and Heather Heyer as citizens whose bold stances against bigotry and the oppression of minorities must be emulated.


Susan Bro's 32-year-old daughter, Heather Heyer, died after being struck by a vehicle while counter-protesting a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville.

Bro was on hand to present a new social justice award, dubbed the "Fight Against the System" award, that was created by the network this past spring.

Aside from announcing the winners of the Best Fight Against the System award, Bro revealed the newly formed Heather Heyer Foundation, a nonprofit that will provide scholarships to "help more people join Heather's fight against hatred", as her mother said.

Heather Heyer's mother Susan Bro announced the launch of a non-profit in her daughter's name Sunday at the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards. Taking action in her daughter's memory, Bro said, "We are going to do what we can with her foundation to make her death count for something". "We established this Foundation to further her mission of social justice by supporting others who are as passionate about public service as Heather was".

Making an emotional appearance on the VMAs, Bro wound up honoring all six of the nominees in the Best Fight Against the System category instead of just one victor, saying she was honored by the support she has been receiving in the wake of her personal tragedy, a tragedy that has touched people across the globe. "Thank you. I love you guys too". John Legend, Big Sean and Alessia Cara were among the nominees.

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