The MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs) are one of the few big, cultural moments that attracts the attention of young people across the country and the world, meaning that any sort of statement made at the VMAs can reverberate and impact an audience. That’s exactly what Beyonce set out to do this year as she invited a few of the mothers of victims of police violence to walk the red carpet alongside her and her daughter, Blue Ivy.
Beyonce brought out the mothers of Mike Brown, Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner, and Oscar Grant, reports Fader. Lesley McSpadden, Sybrina Fulton, Wanda Johnson and Gwen Carr posed on the red carpet for photos together, as well as with Beyonce and her daughter. They have also appeared together in her much-lauded visual album, Lemonade. The mothers have been making public-speaking appearances of late, talking about police violence in America, including a speech at the 2016 Democratic National Convention.