The Inspiration: In February 2018, Naomi Wadler was horrified by the news of a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Like students across the country, Naomi, then 11, wanted to do something to protest gun violence. Then her mom showed her a small article about Courtlin Arrington, an African American high school student in Birmingham, Alabama, who’d recently been fatally shot. “The article didn’t really get any attention, and that sparked something in my mind,” Naomi says. She decided her protest should have an even bigger message—one that would raise awareness of the African American girls and women too often left out of the headlines about gun violence.
UNDERREPRESENTATION: Insufficient representation of a group. At Davos, Naomi said, “There are so many (activists) of color fighting for their voices to be heard, knowing that they don’t have an equal chance at gaining that attention.” Naomi’s fighting the underrepresentation of teen activists of color.