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Ella Baker was a freedom fighter and she taught us how to fight.
This beautiful action, in October of 2015, was organized by middle school students of Village Leadership Academy and family members of Rekia Boyd. We marched through the streets, remixing and updateing Michael Jackson's historic “They Don't Care About Us” music video. When the action was close to the end, we ended up outside of the Cook County Juvenile Detention Center. the young students led a chant to the young people inside, yelling "We love you!" and cheering. Young people on the inside started banging on the windows and waving back, and the love brought tears to my eyes. When we look back on leaders in the Black Lives Matter movement, I want us to think of these young people.
8.5 x 11
digital reproduction of watercolor print