On March 3rd, KIPP GCP Primary School student Elijah Lee hosted hundreds of participants at his first ever End Violence Against Children March. Elijah was inspired to hold a march after discovering that one of his peers was enduring abuse.
“She wasn’t in my family,” he said. “But she was in my neighborhood and we are part of the same society. We are all in the same society, and if one of us falls down, we all fall down. If one of us is getting rewarded and pulled up, we all get pulled up. If one of us is being abused and getting hurt, we all have to come together to go against that.”
Elijah, who is only 10 years-old, managed all aspects of the march, from completing the permit requests to promoting and publicizing it. The march took place in Centennial Park in Roanoke Rapids with the full support of city officials and the Roanoke Rapids Police Department. His fellow classmates and KIPP ENC families and staff also came out to march alongside him.
Elijah truly embodies KIPP ENC’s mission to empower students to strengthen their communities and fight for social justice, and proves that this work can be done at any age. We can’t wait to see what he does next!