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‘We Walk for Her’

The 4th annual We Walk For Her march in summer 2021 saw Chicagoans striding along South Martin Luther King Drive to call attention to their cause: the many Black and brown girls who go missing, with little to no action taken to find them by law enforcement and local and state officials.

“When Black girls are under attack, what do we do? Stand up, fight back!” they chanted, led by youths and adults from Kenwood Oakland Community Organization (KOCO is a client of Thinkinc.), Good Kids Mad City (GKMC), H.E.R. Chicago, Mothers Opposed to Violence Everywhere (MOVE), Protect Black Girls, and Long Walk Home.

“I was angry that Black girls and women around the city going missing, being harmed, abducted, and even murdered and not much was being said or done about it. I went to my grandmother and to KOCO. I told them we should do a march,” said KOCO youth leader, Aziyah Roberts, who initiated the first march in 2018 at age 13.

Thinkinc. worked with KOCO and its coalition members to spread information and awareness about this important event and the reasons behind it. The media responded with TV, radio and print coverage, including a moving, heartfelt column from John W. Fountain in the Chicago Sun-Times, from CBS-2, Fox-32, the Chicago Tribune, and Block Club Chicago.