A benefit to end gun violence in midtown Manhattan Friday evening brought together a group of women who lost their sons to gun violence.
Sybrina Fulton, Trayvon Martin’s mother, received a New York City Council proclamation, as did other mothers whose sons died.
Constance Malcolm, the mother of Ramarley Graham, who was killed in a Bronx home in 2012, was also in attendance, as was Valerie Bell, the mother of Sean Bell, who was shot dead outside a Queens club on the night of his bachelor party.
“When we come out around people it feels good, but when we go back home we go back into that shell so we need people to continue to be around us,” said Malcolm.
The event was put together by Local 1199 and actor and activist Harry Belafonte.
“They stood tall and strong correcting the justice system,” said Belafonte.