Zenobia Dobson: “We Need to Consider the Effects of Gun Violence on Families in America.”

G0014852519--846410At Wednesday night’s ESPY Awards, Zenobia Dobson, mother of slain teenager Zaevion Dobson, showed the world the very reason why her son was an exemplary young black man: he was raised by a powerful black woman.

Dobson accepted the Arthur Ashe Courage Award on behalf of Zaevion who tragically  lost his life last December when he shielded three girls from gunfire with his body.


When she took the stage, Dobson informed the audience that one of Zaevion’s cousins had  died four months ago after being the victim of a drive-by shooting.

“I’m here to urge all of you to join the movement tonight to save innocent lives,” Dobson said. “We need to rewrite laws. To make it harder for the people to get guns. Some progress has been made, but just a few months ago in Tennessee, a law was passed to allow people to carry more guns on college campuses. What sense does that make? We need to go in the opposite direction.”

She stated, too, that she intends to continue playing an active role in putting an end to gun violence.

“I’m here to fight back,” she said. “We as a country need to take a stand to consider the effects of gun violence on families throughout America. Oh yes.”

Watch ESPY’s full tribute to Zaevion Dobson below.

By: Danielle Dixon

Follow her on Twitter: @tooprettydani

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