Teen Activist Takes To The Streets For Black Girls #WeWalkForHer

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#WeWalkForHer supporters in Bronzeville in Chicago. Photo: KOCO

Many Chicago teens claim to be social activists, but how many of us are really taking actions in order to ignite change in the Black community? Aziya Roberts is brave enough to do just that.

Since March, at least five teens and women, most of them Black, have either disappeared or been found dead on Chicago’s West and South Sides, including 65-year-old Daisy Hayes, who was last seen alive on May 1. The Chicago Police Department said it doesn’t appear the cases are connected, but some neighborhood residents and community activists believe they are.

On Tuesday, June 19, Roberts led the #WeWalkForHer march in Bronzeville from 35th and King Drive to 51st and King Drive. Taking about a week and a half to be organized, #WeWalkForHer led approximately 100 supports through the streets, chanting: “Stop and listen, our girls are missing!”

Aziya Roberts, far right, leads supporters in a march for Black girls. Photo: KOCO

“As a 13-year-old, I shouldn’t have to worry about going outside and being kidnapped,” Roberts tells True Star. “I can’t even enjoy my summer properly.”

Although the eighth grader encompassed the vision, she didn’t achieve the march on her own. KOCO (Kenwood Oakland Community Organization) assisted Roberts in making her vision a reality. As Roberts now serves as a youth leader for KOCO, she eventually strives to be a protest organizer. “Originally, I had aspirations to be a lawyer, but now, I want to continue to organize and advocate for the Black community,” she says. “I feel like it’s my purpose to organize.”

 

Photo: KOCO

#WeWalkForHer isn’t the only march Roberts plans to organize this summer. She says that she plans for her next march to have more participants. “Community marches don’t always have to be centered around violence,” she says. “Next time, I want Black girls to have a march centered around happiness and positivity.”

We should all take notes from Roberts and use our voices to make a change and take her advice: “For anyone to believe you, you have to first believe in yourself.”

 

By Sullivan Anderson, Junior, Jones College Prep

Snapchat: @justcallmesully

Twitter: @amoursullivan

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