#BRINGBACKOURGIRLS Brooklyn Reflection
When the news broke here in the U.S that almost 300 young girls were kidnapped from their boarding school in the dead of night in Chibok, Nigeria by extremist group Boko Haram, I remember being so angry! The date April 14, 2014 would never be forgotten for these families. They were helpless. The world was outraged! How could this happen? How could these men be so cruel? How could a government allow such atrocities? Who will help these young girls?
It was disheartening and I wanted to get involved in this narrative simply by bringing awareness to our people in Brooklyn, and most importantly our youths in Brooklyn. So with the help of some local businesses including Super Wings NY, #BRINGBACKOURGIRLS Brooklyn rally and march ensued one month after the mass kidnappings.
Even though it was international news, many young people were not aware of what was happening to those young Chibok girls who were seeking an education. From elementary to surprisingly college level, students were just unaware so in preparation for the march, I worked closely with young women of Parkside Preparatory Academy in Brooklyn. They were both surprised and saddened by these facts and became eager to participate in the march and bring awareness to others as well. The students created signs and worked on amazing projects before we headed out to Utica Ave Brooklyn for a peaceful march.
Special thanks to everyone who participated in this endeavor. The work does not stop there. Right here in the U.S, our own children are fighting for their own rights and their lives as well. We need to continue educating AND protecting them. What's the next step?