Chicago Day of the girl

In 2012, the United Nations declared October 11th as International Day of the Girl. In observance, GLMPI produced Chicago Day of the Girl to connect Chicago’s inner-city girls to a global community and advocate for their success beyond the myriad of injustices. As such, our efforts have been acknowledged by Congressman Danny K. Davis as Congressional Record during the United States 114th Congress. This flagship event is FREE and features spectacular cultural entertainment, community resources sharing, food, interactive fun, games, raffles, prizes, moderated panel discussions, and workshops. To date, we have impacted more than 500 girls through this initiative.   

On Sunday, October 11, 2020, the Girls Like Me Project Inc. (GLMPI) hosted its ninth annual Chicago Day of the Girl event in observance of International Day of the Girl, which is meant to promote the empowerment of young girls everywhere, while also advocating for the attainment of their basic human rights, like education and bodily autonomy. The COVID crisis has created a new sense of urgency for programming that speaks to girls, especially Black girls.

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“Black girls in Chicago possess a magic that manifests into creative works of art,” says Gray-Sewell. “It flows in their native tongue full of midwestern soul. From dancing to fashion, academic achievement to civic engagement, and activism; they are hope in a callous world. Our virtual event will center their lived experiences in a global conversation.”

“Just this year alone, girls have had to navigate a world impacted by a global pandemic,” says La’Keisha Gray-Sewell, GLMPI executive director. “Black girls in Chicago are living under additional duress of police brutality, segregation and poverty, educational inequities, mysterious kidnappings and violent murders. The acute trauma greatly shapes their development and sense of self-worth.”