The SonRise Project creator Kelli Richardson Lawson introduces speaker, Depelsha McGruder. Depelsha is a successful business executive, as well as founder and President ofMoms of Black BoysUnited, Inc(MOBB).MOBB Unitedis a nationwide coalition of concerned moms who represent every race, age, socioeconomic background, marital status and education level. They share unconditional love for their Black sons and want others to see them through their proud eyes. Depelsha startedMOBB Unitedas a Facebook support group in July 2016 after the horrific shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile. As a mother of two Black sons, Depelsha said she was so deeply affected by the trauma of these shootings she had to take action. MOBB Unitedgrew to 21,000 members on Facebook in just one day. Since then, the movement has given birth to a national crusade that instills hope and empowerment. They’re working non-stop to effect positive change in how Black boys and men are perceived and treated by law enforcement and society. Today, Depelsha says MOBBUnitedis focused on advocacy, legislative and policy change, education reform and criminal justice reform. Depelsha shares with SonRise parents resources and strategies to engage in their own communities.