'I am here today to represent the African American girls whose stories don't make the front page,' says 11-year-old Naomi Wadler

Naomi Wadler has worked to raise awareness of the African American girls and women who have been victims of gun violence but overlooked in the national conversation.

“I am here today to acknowledge and represent the African American girls whose stories don’t make the front page of every national newspaper,” said Naomi, 11, at the March for Our Lives rally in Washington, D.C.

Naomi helped organize a walkout at George Mason Elementary School in Alexandria, Va., on March 14 in protest of gun violence.

Like protests throughout the country that day, George Mason had a 17-minute moment of silence for the victims of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School mass shooting one month earlier. Naomi added an extra minute to honor Courtlin Arrington, an African American teenager fatally shot the week before at an Alabama high school.