Marissa Alexander is a mother of three who is being prosecuted by Florida State Attorney, Angela Corey, for firing a warning shot at her husband. According to CBSNews, Alexander said she fired the warning shot a few days after giving birth. Her estranged husband, Rico Gray, accused her of having an affair and questioned whether the baby was his. She says she locked herself in the bathroom until he broke through the door and shoved her to the floor. She ran into the garage, found a gun in a car and fired a “warning shot” after he said he would kill her. Alexander refused the three-year plea deal that Attorney Angela Corey offered in her first trial; instead, Alexander has chosen to go to trial regarding this matter.
The Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.’s Atlanta Alumnae Chapter hosted the, Celebration of Women: Saluting Exemplary Service Luncheon, honoring women who impact their community. This year, Sybrina Fulton, Lucia McBath and Christy Tucker Sims were the 2014 Fortitude Award recipients.
Sybrina Fulton is the mother of Trayvon Martin, the 17-year-old African American male who was gunned down on February 26, 2012 by George Zimmerman. Zimmerman was found not guilty. Lucia McBath is the mother of Jordan Russell Davis. On November 23, 2012, Davis was shot and killed by Michael Dunn; Dunn claimed that Davis and his friends were playing their music too loud in their car. The jury was unable to reach a verdict on the murder charge. Christy Tucker Sims survived an acid attack on April 28, 2013, by her then-boyfriend, Andrew Fordham. Fordham has since been indicted by the Henry County grand jury.
On April 28, 2013, Christy Tucker Sims was called to the bathroom of her home by her then-boyfriend; once she walked inside the bathroom he was waiting with a bowl of sulfuric acid and threw it in her face. Sims laid in a coma for two months. Once she awakened, she learned that over 20% of her body had been burned. Sims revealed that the incident was not an accident, as previously told to the 911 operator by her boyfriend, and she exposed the truth about what really happened that day. Since then, Sims has created the Christy Sims Foundation, which focuses on empowering women and children who are and have been affected by domestic violence.