On Saturday, March 2nd, Elijah Lee, a 5th grade student from KIPP Gaston College Prep, will lead “All Children Matter,” his second annual Child Abuse Awareness March, from 1-2pm at Centennial Park on Roanoke Avenue in Roanoke Rapids, NC.
As Elijah shared with reporters, “Last year we had over 200 people in attendance but this year we are working hard to double that number. We want to show our children they are loved and we hear them. We want family and friends to talk about this issue at home so we are asking those who come out to make signs of support, signs that call for an end to violence, signs that tell our children they are loved and will be protected.”
11 year-old Elijah is passionate about making change and elevating the voices and experiences of his peers. He was inspired to create the march last year after learning that a classmate had suffered abuse.
“I speak loudly for the child who is at home scared and afraid. I speak loudly for those kids who feel that their mother and father failed them. I speak loudly for that kid in foster care. I speak loudly for that child suffocating from his pain.”
We hope you will consider joining Elijah, his classmates, and the larger community on Saturday, March 2nd.