Unsilence Voices: The Sisterhood is a community-based initiative designed to spark a national dialogue with brave mothers in Chicago who have lost a child to senseless gun violence.
Renowned artist and educator, Cecil McDonald, will capture the lived truths of these mothers and their journeys through grief, activism, and healing. A culminating interactive exhibition will engage the public in crucial conversations around the intersections of race, violence, media narratives, and collective trauma. A web-based digital version of the exhibition and educational materials will be disseminated to classrooms and communities around the country.
2,758 people were shot in Chicago last year. Gun violence in Chicago disproportionately affects black and brown communities, particularly, young black men. Their humanity is questioned and their stories go untold.
Amplify their stories through:
As the inaugural program in our Unsilence Voices series, we envision this project serving as a model for future collaborations to engage the public in addressing critical issues within society. These collective dialogues are essential to challenging public misconceptions and ingrained prejudices, creating empathetic solutions and dismantling the institutional, cultural, and personal forms of silencing that perpetuate these tragedies. Through community support and collaboration, we will create lasting solutions for social change and community safety.
A PARTNERSHIP FOR CHANGE
The Sisterhood is a nonprofit organization of mothers whose children have been killed by senseless violence and serve as an action/support group for each other. The Sisterhood focuses on empowering mothers to grieve healthily through meetings, social gatherings, outreach, civil events, and annual retreats. The Sisterhood desires to be a voice for their children and all people that have been affected by senseless violence.
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