— MTV (@MTV) August 28, 2017
At MTV’s annual Video Music Awards, Confederate General Robert E. Lee’s great-great- grandson and Heather Heyer’s mother, Susan Bro, both spoke took the stage in the wake of the Charlottesville rally to denounce racism and call for social change.
Opening the segment was Robert Lee IV, a pastor who said it is his “duty to speak out against racism – America’s original sin.” He calls for everyone “with privilege and power to answer God’s call to confront racism and white supremacy head on.” He continues, “we can find inspiration in the Black Lives Matter movement, the women who marched in the Women’s March in January and especially Heather Heyer, who died fighting for her beliefs in Charlottesville.” Lee then introduces Heyer’s mother to take the microphone.
Continuing where Lee left off, Bro says that “only fifteen days ago, my daughter Heather was killed as she protested racism.” Bro also announced that she will be launching the Heather Heyer Foundation, “a non-profit organization that will provide scholarships to help more people join Heather’s fight against hatred.”
Bro finishes her speech honoring all six of the nominees for brand new category, “Best Fight Against the System.” The nominees were: Big Sean, Alessia Cara, the Hamilton Mixtape, John Legend, Logic and Damian Lamar Hudson, and Taboo and Shailene Woodley, all of whom created various different songs and videos calling for social change. Ultimately, they were all winners as their efforts were deemed equally admirable.