Sybrina Fulton: What Mamie Till-Mobley Taught Me


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On Feb. 26, 2012, my entire life changed in ways that I could never imagine. Within an instant, after the brutal and inhumane killing of my son, Trayvon Martin, I found myself inducted into a circle I never knew existed—I became a “Mother of the Movement.”

It is quite hard to describe what it is like to be a part of this circle, of which none of us chose or ever imagined being a member. On one hand, there is a sense of honor to stand with such brave women, who despite facing the deepest pain and most grave injustices, choose to speak truth to power. On the other hand, we are all tied to each other because we have experienced a pain that is unlike any other—the pain of losing a child to racism, hate, and police violence. We go through these harrowing experiences as the world watches and judges, creating narratives of who our children were that are often unfamiliar to us.

Today, there are hundreds of mothers in our circle, and sadly, each year the numbers grow. When a mother is tragically forced into our community, we do not prescribe to her how she should feel or act. There is no instruction manual or resource guide on how a Black mother should grieve after losing a child to racism.

But there is one mother who I, and so many in our circle, identify with and seek guidance and inspiration from: the original “Mother of the Movement,” Mamie Till-Mobley.

Till-Mobley personified strength and action after the murder of her son, Emmett. I’ve learned so much in following her story, which is now beautifully depicted in the film TILL. I find myself reliving both my strength and my pain. I’m transported back to the day that I, much like her, questioned everything around me—when all went silent in my world as if I was living in a bad dream.

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