Last year, Brandon Jackson was sentenced to 12 years in prison by an all-white jury after defending himself against a group of white males who’d attacked him.

His story has made headlines throughout the country; but none have been more affected by this travesty than his mother, Gloria Fisher.

In a passionate, inspiring letter, Fisher discusses what it feels like to spend another Mother’s Day without her son.

From NewsOne:

So I have spent the last year trying to tell Brandon’s story. A story that too many Mothers of color share. I have a solid, strong family who have supported me emotionally, and as much as possible, financially. I have been somewhat fortunate because I have had access to the media.

How many Mother’s tears are shed alone, in silence? Mothers who are forced to accept that they can’t make a difference.

This Mother’s Day, I am encouraged.

I have spent the last year working on myself. I still cry sometimes, but I stand solid and confident in my faith. I have been broken and am renewed.  I understand how blessed I am to be a member of a strong family. I thank them often.

I am confident that Brandon will be free soon. I look forward to long talks about life, past, present, and future. I still ask why did he have to lose all these years to such foolishness.

But he will return home, stronger and wiser.

I can’t wait.

Read the rest of her moving letter at NewsOne


We stand with Gloria Fisher as she continues to fight for justice for her son.

Happy Mother’s Day, Gloria!


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