"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, including gang violence and police brutality.
A NEW ONLINE EXHIBITION
Unsilence is currently working with members of The Sisterhood to create a new and compelling online exhibition that tells the stories of these mothers and their children. The online exhibition will be free and open access to all.
The Exhibition will be accompanied by educator guides to support classrooms and communities have conversations about grief, family, and resilience, and the real life implications of gun violence, gang violence, racism, and policy brutality.
GOALS OF 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.
Why Grieving Mothers
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