Joe Biden, Cynthia Nixon, Alyssa Milano, and others remember Heather Heyer

Tanya Edwards
Yahoo Lifestyle
Heather Heyer memorial (Photo: Getty Images)
Heather Heyer memorial (Photo: Getty Images)

Politicians and celebrities took to their Twitter accounts on Sunday to honor the memory of Heather Heyer, sharing thanks for her fight against racism and bigotry, as well as pledges to continue the fight in her honor.

Former Vice President Joe Biden wrote, “Today we honor the memory of Heather Heyer, whose spirit we see in every person who stands up to reject hatred and bigotry.”


Other elected officials across the country echoed Biden’s sentiments.






 

Cynthia Nixon, who is running for governor in New York and who famously starred as Miranda in the Sex and the City series, wrote, “Heather Heyer was murdered for daring to stand up to a group of white supremacists that came together in Charlottesville to protest America’s greatest asset: our diversity.”


Bernice King, the daughter of Martin Luther King Jr., quoted Heyer’s mother.


Actor and activist Alyssa Milano also posted a tribute, as did activist Shaun King.



 

Heyer will not soon be forgotten, if her mother, Susan Bro, has anything to say about it. She has spent the past year traveling around the country to promote the Heather Heyer Foundation, launched within days of her death, to carry on her daughter’s legacy of opposition to racism — and to help her cope with her horrifying loss.

 

Susan Bro poses with a photo and portrait of her daughter, Heather Heyer, on Dec. 13, 2017. (Photo: Norm Shafer for the Washington Post via Getty Images)
Susan Bro poses with a photo and portrait of her daughter, Heather Heyer, on Dec. 13, 2017. (Photo: Norm Shafer for the Washington Post via Getty Images)

She’s also attempting to carry on Heyer’s legacy by encouraging people to become active in the face of injustice. Speaking to Yahoo News, Bro quoted her daughter: “If you’re not outraged, you’re not paying attention.”

“We have to have a lot of difficult conversations with people that we would not normally want to have conversations with,” she says. “And be willing to listen to what they’re saying, think about it and then respond. You don’t need to respond immediately. You don’t need to respond with hate. You don’t need to respond defensively. You need to respond rationally, and I think that’s what’s gonna move the country forward.”

On Aug. 12, Bro is planning to lay flowers on the spot on Fourth Street where her daughter died. She’s also scheduled to speak at an NAACP event that evening.

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