‘This is just the beginning of Heather’s legacy.’
Just days after her daughter was murdered by a reported white supremacist, Susan Bro delivered a heartfelt public eulogy.
Heather Heyer died Saturday after being hit by a car allegedly driven by 20-year-old James Alex Fields Jr. in Charlottesville, Virginia. On Wednesday, Bro stood on stage at the Paramount Theater and delivered a speech she no doubt wishes she’d never have to give.
In just under seven minutes, Bro spoke poignant words of love and wisdom that we can all learn from.
“Find what’s wrong, don’t ignore it, don’t look the other way,” Bro said. “Say to yourself, ‘What can I do to make a difference?’ And that’s how you’re going to make my child’s death worthwhile.”
“I want this to spread. I don’t want this to die. This is just the beginning of Heather’s legacy,” she continued.
On Twitter, celebrities, activists, influencers, and member of the news media shared their favorite moments from Bro’s eulogy.
Incredible words from Heather Heyer’s mother Susan Bro.. If you missed it look for it. What a strong and inspiring person.
— Blake Shelton (@blakeshelton) August 16, 2017
“Say to yourself, what can I do to make a difference?” -Susan Bro on collective action in memory of her daughter Heather Heyer
— Nina Turner (@ninaturner) August 16, 2017
“They tried to kill my child to shut her up. Well, guess what? You just magnified her” Susan Bro, Heather Heyer’s mom. WE’RE MOVED TO TEARS.
— Anne Frank Center (@AnneFrankCenter) August 16, 2017
“You need to find in your heart that small spark of accountability”
Heather Heyer’s mother
— Javier Muñoz (@JMunozActor) August 16, 2017
Heather Heyer died far too soon, but she died doing something she believed in. The best way we can help preserve her legacy is to fight on.
Racism and hate should have no place in our society. Hayer stood up for what she believed in and fought for a better world for all.
Want to get involved? Check out this list of 16 things you can do right now to fight for equality and against hate.