"i am now my child's voice
a voice that has been silenced forever"
- Rotunda Jordan
Gwendolyn Baxter, surrounded by members of The Sisterhood, tells the story of her son Larry D. Harper, Jr. at SOUNDS of UNSILENCE 2018
Unsilence is working to amplify the voices of The Sisterhood, a collective of Chicago mothers, all women of color, each of whom has lost a child to gun violence.
The Sisterhood Storytelling Tour visits schools and communities throughout Chicagoland. Two members of The Sisterhood will visit your community and tell their stories - in an extremely engaging and powerful way - and an Unsilence facilitator will engage your community in a conversation about the real life implications of gun violence, racism, and trauma in our city.
WHY HOST THIS PROGRAM?
(1) To unsilence the personal and collective grief, trauma, activism, and healing of mothers of color. (2) To humanize their murdered children who are so often portrayed in a negative light by the media. (3) To help communities across Chicago talk about systemic violence. (4) To connect Chicagoland communities, because we’re in this crisis together and we can only solve it together.
Between 2016 and 2018, 10,762 people were shot in Chicago. Gun violence in Chicago disproportionately affects black and brown communities, particularly young black men. The media too often portrays them in a negative light, stripping them of their humanity, and leaving their stories untold.
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