Students Raise Awareness of Missing Minority Children
Mary Baldwin College's Black Student Alliance is working to bring missing children home and increase awareness about the dangers many of them face.
Tuesday, students went to their classes with their faces painted, each representing a different missing child. One represented Alexis Murphy, a 17-year-old who has been missing from her home in Nelson County since early August. The campaign, organized by the Black Student Alliance, is to raise awareness about missing minority children.
Painters included the initials or name, the race of the missing child, and the dates of the child's disappearance.
"Eight-hundred black and brown children go missing every day and they receive 80 percent less coverage than other children, and so it's important for those children who no longer have a voice to be represented," said Jazmine Brooks, president of Mary Baldwin's Black Student Alliance.
Dozens of students participated. Some say the face paint did call attention to their cause in class, and they had the chance to share more information about it.
The alliance is inviting the community with ties to missing children to come together for the event, which continues Tuesday night with a candlelight vigil at 7 p.m. in Hunt Dining Hall.
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