An ancestor of Civil War general Robert E. Lee and the mother of a woman killed earlier this month in Charlottesville, Virginia, have taken the stage at the MTV Video Music Awards to denounced white supremacists.
Rev. Robert Wright Lee and Susan Bro each denounced racism and white supremacists in speeches that were met with resounding applause inside The Forum in Inglewood, California.
Bro, whose daughter Heather Heyer was killed earlier this month while protesting white supremacists rallying in Charlottesville, announced from the stage that MTV had chosen to honour all six videos nominated in its Best Fight Against the System category.
Bro also announced she had established a foundation in her daughter's name to provide scholarships to activists.
Lee introduced Bro and said his distant uncle had become a symbol for white supremacists and that everyone needed to stand up to hate groups. He called upon the assembled celebrities and viewers at home to "confront racism and white supremacy head on."
He credited the Black Lives Movement and women who marched in the Women's March as helping combat hate.
The speeches were just one of several moments when the VMAs addressed politics and the course of the country.