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‘Mothers of the Movement’ to campaign for Hillary Clinton in Charlotte area

Staff reports

Sybrina Fulton, Geneva Reed-Veal, Lucy McBath, Gwen Carr, Cleopatra Pendleton, Maria Hamilton, Lezley McSpadden and Wanda Johnson from Mothers of the Movement speak during the second day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia , Tuesday, July 26, 2016.
Sybrina Fulton, Geneva Reed-Veal, Lucy McBath, Gwen Carr, Cleopatra Pendleton, Maria Hamilton, Lezley McSpadden and Wanda Johnson from Mothers of the Movement speak during the second day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia , Tuesday, July 26, 2016. AP

Mothers whose children died after altercations with law enforcement will campaign in the Charlotte area on Friday for Democrat Hillary Clinton.

Lucia McBath, the mother of Jordan Davis; Geneva Reed-Veal, the mother of Sandra Bland; and Maria Hamilton, the mother of Dontre Hamilton will hold two events in the area. They are known as the “Mothers of the Movement.” Both events are open to the public:

▪ 3 p.m. canvass kickoff is at the campaign’s Charlotte field office at 1520 West Blvd, Suite D.

▪  4:15 p.m. event is at Old Town Public House at 2134 Catawba Ave. in Cornelius.

The three were among the mothers who appeared on the second night of the Democratic National Convention.

Dontre Hamilton died in 2014 at Red Arrow Park in Milwaukee after an officer shot him 14 times. Though the officer was fired from the police department, no charges were filed.

Bland was arrested in Texas in July 2015 for a minor traffic violation and allegedly assaulting an officer. Days later, she was found hanged in a Texas jail cell. Though the county coroner classified Bland's death a suicide, protesters disputed the cause of death and alleged that racially motivated violence had taken place during the traffic stop. Davis was a 17-year-old student in Jacksonville, Fla., killed after an argument over loud music.

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