Susan Bro, mother of Heather Heyer - the young woman who was killed protesting white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virgina -- made a powerful speech at Sunday's VMAs, where she presented the award for "Best Fight Against The System."
Bro was introduced by Robert Mead, a descendant of general Robert E. Lee, who first hit the stage to denounce hatred after the events of Charlottesville.
"We have made my ancestor an idol of white supremacy, racism and hate," he explained. "Today, I call on all of us, with privilege and power to answer God's call to confront racism and white supremacy head-on."
"Only 15 days ago, my daughter Heather was killed as she protested racism, I miss her but I know shes here's tonight," Bro then said (video below). "I have been deeply moved by people across the world find inspiration in her courage."
Bro announced the launch of The Heather Heyer foundation, a non-profit organization that she says will "provide scholarships to help more people join Heather's fight against hatred."
"I want people to know that Heather never marched alone, she wad always joined by people from every race and every background in this country.
Bro then shared that instead of giving the award for "Best Fight Against The System" to just one of the six nominees - MTV would be honoring them all.
The songs nominated included Logic ft. Damian Lemar Hudson – "Black SpiderMan," The Hamilton Mixtape – "Immigrants (We Get the Job Done)" Big Sean – "Light, "Alessia Cara – "Scars To Your Beautiful," Taboo ft. Shailene Woodley – "Stand Up / Stand N Rock #NoDAPL and "John Legend – "Surefire"