Susan Bro, whose daughter, Heather Heyer, was killed at Charlottesville two weeks ago, will make an appearance at the MTV Video Music Awards tonight to present the new award for “Best Fight Against The System.”
Bro will also unveil her new project, the Heather Heyer Foundation, which will provide scholarships to students interested in pursuing social justice.
“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.”
The award category consists of music videos that tackle political or social topic with their lyrics and imagery. Among the nominees are Alessia Cara’s “Scars To Your Beautiful,” which promotes body positivity, “Stand Up / Stand N Rock,” which was made by Black Eyed Peas member Taboo and pays tribute to those protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline, and John Legend’s “Surefire,” which follows a Muslim woman and her Latino boyfriend as they try to preserve their relationship amidst societal pressures.