This Mother is Planning a March to D.C. to Raise Awareness About Killings of Black Women and Girls

Family members mourn 10-year-old Makiyah Wilson who was fatally shot in 2018 as she walked to an ice cream truck. (Calla Kessler/The Washington Post)

The social media accounts Rosalind Page created are not easy to scroll through. On them, the names and photos of Black women and girls lost to violence appear one after another.

There you will find the smiling face of Hope Cutts, a 43-year-old woman who was killed on Christmas Eve.

There you will find the barrette-framed face of Aziya Matthews, a 3-year-old who was murdered on Dec. 20.

There you will find the faces of 26-year-old Tabitha Collard, 54-year-old Jeazell Woodruff and 16-year-old Azariah Miller, all taken too soon from their communities.

Page is a 52-year-old nurse who has been working in the health-care industry since she was 20 years old. She is also a Black mother of four daughters and someone who noticed about seven years ago that Black women and girls seemed to be dying at the hands of others at an “unacceptable rate.”

“Not that any rate is acceptable,” she tells me on a recent evening. “But it was such a high rate I couldn’t understand why nothing was being said or done about it.”

She also couldn’t understand why it wasn’t easier to find clear, accessible information about the victims. The numbers collected by federal agencies seemed an undercount to her, based on what she was seeing in the medical field and in the news. She also noticed the names and stories of the women and girls were scattered across news sites and often squeezed into briefs that said little about them.

Frustrated, Page could have vented through a tweet and moved on. She decided instead to collect her own data.

She started scouring police websites, media homepages and online sites that track homicides for the names and photos of Black women and girls.

She started compiling that information on the Twitter page “Black Femicide — America” and the Facebook page “Black Femicide — U.S.”

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SOURCE: The Washington Post, Theresa Vargas