Susan Bro, whose daughter Heather Heyer was killed when a motorist drove through a crowd of pedestrians amid competing rallies in Charlottesville that turned violent, will be honored at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday night. She’ll present an award called “Best Fight Against the System” as a tribute to her daughter’s memory and her fight to continue promote Heyer’s ideals.
“Since my daughter Heather Heyer’s death two weeks ago I have committed myself to making her death count,” Bro said in a statement. “That is why I am launching the Heather Heyer Foundation. I can think of no better platform to promote this foundation to the world than at the MTVs Video Music Awards. It’s going to be an honor for me to be presenting the Best Fight the System award there tonight.”
Authorities arrested James Alex Fields, 20, of Ohio, and charged him with second degree murder, three counts of malicious wounding and one count of failing to stop at an accident that resulted in a death. He was denied bond.
TheHeather Heyer Foundation’s web site embraces the message Heyer once posted on Facebook: “If you’re not outraged, you’re not paying attention.”
She is described on the site as “a young civil rights activist, who dedicated her life to promoting equal rights for all people.” Money the foundation raises will support “a scholarship program to provide financial assistance to individuals passionate about positive social change. Scholarships will be awarded to those seeking a degree or certification in, but not limited to, law, paralegal studies, social work, social justice, and education.”
The “Best Fight Against the System” was added to this year’s event to reflect “passion and activism surrounding environmental justice, immigration, LGBTQ equality, and racial justice,” MTV said in a statement. The VMAs air at 8 p.m.