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• Mashable writes about the powerful speech 11-year-old Naomi Wadler delivered at the March For Our Lives rally in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, in which she discussed how gun violence affects black women and girls.
• How can organizations better address issues in an intersectional way? Wadler's words will resonate, showing the power of storytelling — and the effectiveness of youth advocacy.
• Women's history month also reminded us to pay attention to the marginalization of black females.
A black child is 10 times more likely to be the victim of gun violence than a white child. So says a 2017 report issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
An 11-year-old elementary school student named Naomi Wadler spoke on this very subject on Saturday. Addressing the massive crowd gathered in Washington, D.C. to attend the March For Our Lives demonstration, Ms. Wadler spoke passionately about an issue that gets too little attention.
In the spirit of Ms. Wadler's words, take her call to action a few steps further. Read up on some of the stories she referenced, and find some of the others that she didn't.
Read about Courtlin Arrington, the 17-year-old who had already laid out her plans to study nursing in college when a bullet fired from a classmate's gun pierced her heart. This happened in March, almost a month after the Parkland shooting.
Read about Hadiya Pendleton, a 15-year-old Chicago woman who performed at former President Barack Obama's second inauguration in 2013. One week later, she died when two gang members mistook her for a member of a rival gang and allegedly shot her in the back.
Read about Taiyania Thompson, who one day wanted to open her own business and help support her mother. Ms. Thompson turned 16 one month before she was shot in the head and killed in a Washington, D.C. apartment. Her father had also been the victim of gun violence at age 17, when Taiyania was just 5 months old.
If Ms. Wadler's speech left you in tears, good. Take that emotion and do something constructive with it.
Read the full article about Naomi Wadler's powerful March For Our Lives speech by Adam Rosenberg at Mashable.