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Memorial for Heather Heyer on 4th Street SE in Charlottesville Virginia. Photo credit: Wikimedia Comons user APK (Eigenes Werk), shared under a Creative Commonse By Attribution 4.0 license
“I Used to Have a Little Girl”: A Conversation With Susan Bro
August 11, 2022
This week, a conversation with Susan Bro, the mother of Heather Heyer, who was killed five years ago at the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Susan Bro. Photograph courtesy of the HHFoundation
“I Used to Have a Little Girl” August 11, 2022
Who was the real Heather Heyer? Her mother remembers the child she loved – and the child she sometimes failed – and describes the all-encompassing grief she experiences every day and how it spikes at every anniversary of the “Unite the Right” rally.

Bro recounts her unwilling journey into the spotlight after her daughter’s murder. She describes her own failing health and outlines a philosophy that keeps her speaking out against hate and injustice – “Nobody is exempt from doing something.”

Finally, Bro reveals a history of abuse and how it impacted virtually every choice she has made in life. She outlines her own personal faith and how it continues to evolve and fuel her activism in Heather’s memory.

Susan Bro. Founder, President, and Board Chair of the Heather Heyer Foundation.  Susan launched the foundation in memory of her daughter, Heather, a young paralegal who was killed by a white supremacist on August 12, 2017, in Charlottesville, Virginia. Susan worked as a primary school teacher for 18 years.

Our theme music is by MC Yogi

This week's closing music, New Hope, is by Audiobinger and is
used under a Creative Commons By Attribution license.

Additional music by Blue Dot Sessions.