“I Used to Have a Little Girl”: A Conversation With Susan Bro

This week, a special hour-long conversation with Susan Bro, the mother of Heather Heyer, the young woman killed five years ago at the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. Bro is adamant that her daughter not be “deified” as a saint by anti-racism activists, and also describes her discomfort at becoming a role model after her daughter’s murder. She shares what she calls the many “mistakes” in her life and breaks her silence about the abuse she endured, Bro reflecting on her painful spiritual journey urges everyone to find their calling, to do what they can to fight racism and other social ills.

“I Used to Have a Little Girl”
Who was the real Heather Heyer? Her mother remembers the child she loved – and the child she sometimes failed – and describes the all-encompassing grief she experiences every day and how it spikes at every anniversary of the “Ignite the Night” rally.

“Nobody is Exempt from Doing Something”
Bro recounts her unwilling journey into the spotlight after her daughter’s murder. She describes her failing health and outlines a philosophy that keeps her speaking out against hate and injustice – “Nobody is exempt from doing something.

“My Faith is My Compass”
Finally, Bro reveals a history of abuse and how it impacted virtually every choice she has made in life. She outlines her faith and how it continues to evolve and fuel her activism in Heather’s memory.

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