Lucia K. McBath is the mother of Jordan Russell Davis who, at the tender age of 17, was shot and killed at Gate Gas Station in Jacksonville, Florida on November 23, 2012. He was murdered by Michael Dunn, a middle aged software developer because he was agitated about how loud her son and his friends were playing music in their car. Their case was considered a mis-trial in February 2014. The case was re-tried in September 2014 and Michael Dunn was convicted of first degree murder in Jordan’s death.
This community activist comes from an extensive family background involving civil rights. Her father was the Illinois Branch president of the NAACP for over twenty years and served on its national board as well. As a child, she traveled with her family attending marches and rallies supporting the civil rights movement and the coalitions of organizations fighting alongside Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Currently she is championing and fighting for common sense gun legislation and solutions to the issue of our country’s rampant gun violence. Lucia is the national spokesperson for Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. In her work as a gun safety advocate, she has testified before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, Subcommittee on the “Stand Your Ground Laws: Civil Rights and Public Safety Implications of the Expanded Use of Deadly Force” as well as both Georgia and Florida State Legislature Committee Hearings for Repeal of the Stand Your Ground Law.
In Washington, D.C. she attended Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s closed session for a call to action for President Obama’s gun control measures.
Recently, she was invited to the White House for President Obama’s unveiling of My Brother’s Keeper Initiatives for minority young men. In addition, she has spoken at the 2014 White House Summits on Educational Excellence for African Americans. Based upon these initiatives she has spoken at both the Harvard Kennedy School and Morehouse College.
In Washington, D.C. she met with ranking members of the Congressional Black Caucus, state senators from Florida, New York, Colorado, Texas, Illinois, South Carolina, and California. Additionally, Lucia lobbied at the offices of Georgia state legislators Gingrey and Isakson.
National television appearances include CNN, MSNBC, HLN, TV One, shows hosted by Lawrence O’Donnell, Melissa Harris Perry, Soledad O’Brien, Anderson Cooper, Martin Bashir, Al Jazeera, Georgia Public Television, and a host of many others. The story of her son has been featured in Jet, Rolling Stone, and Ebony Magazines. Also, Lucia has given numerous local and national radio interviews concerning her son’s case and gun violence legislation. She recently founded the Walk With Jordan Scholarship Foundation which provides charitable and educational assistance to graduating high school students attending traditional as well as technical and training colleges and universities.
Lucia is a gun safety advocate, and national spokeswoman for Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, Faith and Community Outreach. She was previously employed by Delta Airlines and retired after 30 years of service.
She received her B.A. degree in political science from Virginia State University and is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.