BENEFITING: Everyblackgirl Inc
“I knew I had to stand up for her because I knew she had no one else”
The quote above was from Niya Kenny during an interview after her release from jail for standing up and speaking out against the injustice she witnessed of her classmate Shakara being violented assaulted by a School Resource Officer. EveryBlackGirl, Inc has been committed to ensuring all Black girls have someone standing for them. It is 13 months later and we have made some victories.
- The criminal charges against both girls were dropped
- Supported the American Civil Liberties Union in being able to file a lawsuit against South Carolina’s Disturbing the School Law
- Delivered gender/race workshops at 2 schools (150 students and teachers)
- Conducted over 15 community town halls/healing spaces/informational sessions to bring awareness, solutions and healing to issues impacting Black girls
- Held our first annual EveryBlackGirl Youth Conference to teach young people how to advocate for Black girls
- Employed 5 community members (youth and adults) to contribute to this work
- Provided Niya with support needed to graduate high school and obtain an internship at the African American Policy Forum in New York City
- Secured funding for Doris Kenny, Niya’s mom, who was released from her job after Niya took a stand
- Secured a location which is used for office and shelter for girls and women impacted by sexual exploitation and domestic violence
We are grateful for the work we have been able to do yet we know there is so much more work to be done. ACLU found that over 5900 students per year are referred to Juvenile Detention under the Disturbing School Law, 90% Black and Brown students, 40% girls. 1 out of 6 Black girls are suspended more than their white peers.
We are calling out to you to take the stand like Niya to ensure EveryBlackGirl knows that she matters, is valued and there are others willing to take a stand for her. We are asking you to join us by donating to EveryBlackGirl, Inc to impact the lives of Black girls, their families and communities.
Your contribution will allow us to continue to stand and advocate for Black girls in the courts, homes and community.