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A Tragedy and a Moment

A Tragedy and a Moment

Caleb Reed, 17, believed in love and believed that America’s destiny is to end violence. That’s why, as an emerging leader in Voices of Youth in Chicago Education (VOYCE) and Communities United, he fought to address untreated trauma among young people of color and to increase investment in communities of color. Tragically, Caleb’s life was cut short before he could lead his nation to realize its destiny.

Communities United and VOYCE turned to Thinkinc. for help in developing a media platform that honors Caleb’s life and highlights both his work and VOYCE’s continuing efforts.

Thinkinc. developed messaging that framed Caleb’s legacy and  shielded it  from those who might use it for their own  benefit. We shared that message with an array of local, national and international journalists. The VOYCE news conference that Thinkinc. organized with their staff and leaders drew news media coverage from throughout the United States.

The coverage was a testament to the impact Caleb Reed had in his short, powerful life. Below is a sample:

Loved Ones Honor Slain Teen Activist Caleb Reed: ‘I’m Going To Keep Pushing His Legacy No Matter What’ — Block Club Chicago

Community leaders vow to carry on work of slain activist Caleb Reed, and will press his high school to remove Chicago cops — Chicago Tribune

Heartbreak After 17-Year-Old Activist Caleb Reed Is Found Shot Dead — CBS-2, WBBM-TV

Family Remembers Slain Teen Activist Who Worked Against Gun Violence, Police in Schools — WGN9, WGN-TV

‘So Much Grief’: Teen Activist Killed in Weekend Shooting Mourned by Family, Friends — NBC5, WMAQ-TV

‘That Boy Was Loved’: Family, Friends Gather to Remember Slain Teen Activist Caleb Reed — WTTW