This 11-Year-Old Co-Organized A Walkout At Her Elementary School Adding 1 Minute To Honor Courtlin Arrington And Other Black Women Victims

"I think...that specifically African-American women, when they are shot and killed, or when they are killed in general, their names aren’t remembered. So I thought it would be important to add an extra one minute."

This 11-Year-Old Co-Organized A Walkout At Her Elementary School Adding 1 Minute To Honor Courtlin Arrington And Other Black Women Victims
Photo Credit: Photo Credit: Lois Beckett/Twitter

| March 14 2018,

4:05 pm

Students at schools across the country participated in a national 17-minute walkout to honor the 17 victims from the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, on Wednesday morning. Naomi, an 11-year-old student in Alexandria, Virginia, co-organized a walkout adding one minute to also honor Courtlin Arrington, a black teen girl killed last week at her high school in Birmingham, Alabama. 

According to reporting by Guardian senior reporter Lois Beckett on Twitter, Naomi and her classmate Carter organized a walkout for Wednesday morning at their elementary school, George Mason Elementary. They thought it would be important to add one minute to the nationally planned 17-minute walkout to include Arrington.


In a Q&A, Naomi told the Guardian that it's particularly important to change the walkout to 18 minutes since black women victim's names are often not remembered. 

"I think, well specifically me, I don’t know what Carter thinks, that specifically African-American women, when they are shot and killed, or when they are killed in general, their names aren’t remembered," she said. So I thought it would be important to add an extra one minute."

Carter, 11, who helped organize the walkout with Naomi, told Beckett that, "everyone thought it would be a good idea,' to add one minute to the walkout. He also added, "[Arrington] was studying to be a nurse. She could have saved people's lives."

Birmingham City Schools Superintendent Lisa Herring said Arrington was one of the district's "brightest and best scholars," AL.com reported. 

"We have lost one of our brightest and best scholars, Courtlin Arrington, to senseless gun violence," she said. "She was energetic, friendly and well-liked by peers and teachers alike. We have more than 23,000 students at Birmingham City Schools, and when one of them is harmed, all are impacted."

The elementary students at George Mason remained silent while they held posters outside during their walkout. At one point, they were lying down on the grass as parents nearby watched, Beckett tweeted. 


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