The deadly shooting of her 17-year old son, Jordan Russell Davis, for playing loud music, turned mother Lucia "Lucy" McBath into a champion for common sense gun legislation and solutions.
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As national spokesperson and faith and community outreach leader for Everytown for Gun Safety/Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, Mrs. McBath has testified before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Subcommittee and at Georgia, Florida, and Nevada State Legislature Committee Hearings for the repeal of the “Stand Your Ground” law, and actively works with ranking members of the Congressional Black Caucus and several state senators on gun violence legislation. In recognition of her service and advocacy, she was selected to stand with President Obama at the White House during his address to the nation in enacting executive orders for safer gun laws. She was also appointed to speak nationwide on behalf of Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s Gun Violence Prevention Platform. Recently, Mrs. McBath led a rally on Capitol Hill for the historic Democratic "sit in" in support of gun control legislation.
In her son’s honor, she started the Walk With Jordan Scholarship Foundation, which provides charitable and educational assistance to graduating high school students. She has made several appearances on national television including CNN, MSNBC, HLN, PBS and TV One on shows hosted by Lawrence O’Donnell, Melissa Harris Perry, Soledad O’Brien, and Anderson Cooper. She is also the author of op-eds featured in outlets including Salon, The Huffington Post, Essence Magazine, USA Today and New York Daily News. Mrs. McBath is featured in Abigail Disney’s film The Armor of Light and HBO’s 3 ½ Minutes: 10 Bullets. Both films chronicle her life and work in seeking justice for her son as well as her evolution as a national voice for gun violence prevention.
Mrs. McBath was an honoree at Auburn’s Lives of Commitment Awards Benefit Breakfast 2015 and National Action Network’s convening at the Congressional Black Caucus 2015 as well as numerous other awards for her advocacy and commitment to gun violence prevention. She was voted VH1’s Mother of the Year in 2016.
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