March 26-28 Naomi Wadler
Updated: May 10, 2018
This week, following the March for Our Lives event, we’ll be watching and discussing Naomi Wadler’s speech about how gun violence disproportionately affects African American girls and women. This 11-year-old girl stood up in front of our nation to speak a truth that is not often spoken in mainstream media. Naomi, the youngest speaker at the March for Our Lives event in DC, so eloquently stated, “I am here to acknowledge and represent the African American girls whose stories don’t make the front page of every national newspaper, whose stories don’t lead on the evening news. I represent the African American women who are victims of gun violence, who are simply statistics instead of vibrant, beautiful girls full of potential… For far too long, these names, these black girls and women, have been just numbers. I’m here to say ‘never again’ for those girls, too.”
Her speech, though only 3 minutes and 30 seconds long, was insightful, informational, and inspiring. In her last sentences, she reminds viewers that in 7 short years she and her peers will be able to vote and make their voices heard. We are constantly motivated and driven by girls like Naomi and cannot wait to see what the young leaders of this country do next.
Our reason for using this video is both because it covers an important topic often neglected, but also because it is a phenomenal example of how young girls can use their voices and really be heard. As always, we encourage you to watch this video and speak with your Powergirls about the topic we covered this week!