The Greater Baltimore County chapter of Jack & Jill of America hosted a Children’s Rally for Justice in Owings Mills on Sept. 13. (Photo by James Fields)

By Michelle Richardson
Arts and Entertainment Writer

The Greater Baltimore County chapter of Jack & Jill of America hosted a community-wide children’s rally for justice to open their  program year on Sept. 13 from 12 noon to 1:30 p.m. 

“Our Lives Matter – A Community Children’s Rally for Justice” was a child led and child inspired event where local children shared their thoughts and insights on social justice and promoted voter registration. 

The event also recognized and paid tribute to Carole Robertson, one of the four girls killed in the Birmingham Church bombing in 1963. 

Robertson was a member of Jack & Jill of America and every chapter in the organization pays homage to her each September. 

“This outdoor, COVID-safe program will highlight our children and teach them firsthand the components of advocacy. It is essential that we empower and equip our children to become the next generation of leaders. They have voices and it is our duty to ensure they are heard and noticed,” said Chrissy M. Thornton, president of the Greater Baltimore County  Chapter of Jack & Jill told the AFRO before the event.

Thornton is serving as president of the Greater Baltimore County Chapter for the first time after serving as the program director for the past four years. 

The event, held in Owings Mills, is the first rally the chapter has organized specifically for themselves. 

“We’ve participated as a chapter in other rallies and marches that other government agencies or other organizations put on so this is our first time organizing our own and we really wanted to make it child-led,” Thornton stated. 

Chartered in Baltimore County on Oct. 1, 1988, the Greater Baltimore County Chapter of Jack & Jill is just one branch of an organization that was created for mothers with children ages two to 19, dedicated to nurturing future African-American leaders through leadership development, volunteer service, and civic duty. 

“We want to give them a platform to be heard and to express themselves and to be willing to speak out, not just for themselves, but for others,” Thornton explained. 

Children from the community were invited as a way to “see themselves represented in this way and to be empowered to do the same thing.” 

To learn more about The Greater Baltimore County Chapter of Jack & Jill of America, readers can visit www.greaterbaltimorecountyjackandjill.org