2011 has come and gone, it seems, in the blink of an eye. So much has transpired, and so much has to be done.
We are still troubled that more than 40 percent of all missing persons are of color; yet, only a fraction of them are receiving the necessary awareness to be reunited with their families.
We are still troubled by the brutality to our children like 11-year-old William McQuain (MD), who was kidnapped and murdered by his stepfather; or 5-year-old Mariah Smith (MI) whose burned body was found in an abandoned building this summer. However, within the darkness, there are rays of light; rays of hope, and success stories like the recovery of:
- Jhada Clarke, DC (50th Recovery)
- Jaliyah Scott, MD
- Holly Vance, NC
- Affrika Clarke, PA
- Dasia Perez, NY
- Queen Swift, MD
- Alayna Watters, MD
We are grateful to:
- Ebony Magazine for shining much needed light on this issue (May 2011).
- Our spokeswoman, Jacque Reid, for speaking up for our missing persons cases not covered in the media.
- Partners The Michael Baisden Show and BlackandMarriedwithKids for featuring our missing children each week.
As a community, as an organization, as a people, we have so much more work to do. We are excited about the possibilities that 2012 holds. We know, with your help and guidance, we can bring our missing home and be the beacon of hope for the families.
Have a happy New Year!
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