11 Year Old Naomi Wadler to Speak at #NeverAgainBHM, Thursday, April 26th at 6:00 p.m. at A. H. Parker High School
Superintendent’s Student Advisory Committee to be joined by “March for Our Lives” Naomi Wadler to Host #NeverAgainBHM: Victims, Violations and Voices
Students lead town hall meeting to address the impact of gun violence
Birmingham, Ala. – (April 23, 2018) – In response to the school shootings that have happened across the country, and in direct response to the recent school tragedy that took the life of Huffman High School senior Courtlin Arrington in Birmingham, members of Birmingham City Schools’ Superintendent’s Advisory Committee will host #NeverAgainBHM, a student led movement against gun violence.
Joined by special guest Naomi Wadler, who gained the nation’s attention as she represented the voices of African-American girls during the recent March for our Livesrally in Washington, DC, and sponsored in part by NFLer Marcell Dareus through the Dareus Foundation, the event is scheduled for Thursday, April 26, 2018, in the A.H. Parker High School Auditorium from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Dareus, a graduate of Huffman High School, stepped in to assist with sponsorship without hesitation. “Something like #NeverAgainBHM gives students the opportunity to have a voice and to be part of the conversation about gun violence, and it’s a life lesson that everyone is important and can be heard,” said Dareus.
Jackson-Olin student Lauren Simpson understands the impact of gun violence. “We’ve faced this issue in school this year, and it makes us realize that we really are a family,” Simpson says. “When something happens to a classmate, we all feel it. That’s why we are working hard to make sure that no student has to ever feel this again.”
Superintendent Lisa Herring agrees. Of the students’ effort to organize this event, she said, “This event is just one more demonstration of the intellect and leadership that our scholars display every day. I am glad that they recognize that their voices matter, and that they are using them to bring about positive change in our schools and in our communities.”
Through panel discussions and video presentations students are hoping to lend a voice to the conversation around gun violence, and elevate their concerns nationally. Panels will provide an opportunity for attendees to hear from the perspectives of victims, violators and voices for change. Event participants will also have the opportunity to ask questions of panel members, and to offer suggestions and solutions to address the issues of gun violence in our schools and communities.
This event is open to the public, and families and community members are invited to join the conversation online by using #NeverAgainBHM. A.H. Parker High School is located at 400 Reverend Abraham L. Woods, Jr. Blvd. See Naomi Wadler’s speech here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lzjYls6KjdE
Photo credit: The Black Youth Project