Mother of Heather Heyer, victim of Charlottesville white supremacist violence, rode in 2018 Rose Parade on MLK, Jr. themed float

The AIDS Healthcare Foundation honored Heather Heyer, the 32-year-old counter-protester killed at an August white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, Monday by inviting her mother to ride on its 2018 Tournament of Roses parade float.

Susan Bro helped found the Heather Heyer Foundation after her daughter was killed in order to provide scholarships for students who seek to work on social justice issues, She was one of 10 guests invited to ride the float, which honored the upcoming 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s death.

The float honored King and other social justice advocates like Heyer, who “stood up to hate and injustice at risk of their own lives,” according to a AIDS Healthcare Foundation statement.

“My daughter Heather stood bravely for unity and against hate and always believed in dialogue and discussion as the keys to peace,” Bro said in a statement.

In a symbolic act, the float riders wore purple scarves in tribute to Heyer because purple was her favorite color, according to the AIDS Healthcare Foundation statement.

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