Why This Temple Student Is Organizing A March For Black Women: ‘They Matter’

By Sofiya Ballin

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) 19-year-old Temple University sophomore India Fenner says she is organizing a march to “celebrate black women for who they are and not what the media wants them to be.”


India Fenner is wearing a black T-shirt that in bold white letters reads:
“‘TRY ME.'”~ Malcolm X.”

The message is fitting. It was Malcolm who said: “The most disrespected woman in America is the black woman. The most unprotected person in America is the black woman. The most neglected person in America is the black woman.”

Those words replay in Fenner’s head as she plans her first march, “A March for Black Women,” set to take place Friday.

Demonstrators will set out at 1 p.m. from City Hall to Cecil B. Moore Avenue to celebrate and highlight the diversity of black women and honor black women who were victims of police brutality.

Fenner is spreading word of the march via social media and hopes to have a large turnout of women — and men.

The 19-year-old Temple University sophomore and Philadelphia native said it’s to “celebrate black women for who they are and not what the media wants them to be.”

“I’ve been to plenty of marches for black men who have been harassed or killed by police,” she said. “But when I went to one for Sandra Bland, it was very small.”

In 2015, Bland, a 28-year-old black woman, died in police custody after being arrested during a traffic stop in Texas.

Fenner also recalled that in 2016, Korryn Gaines, 23, was shot by police in her Baltimore home with her 5-year-old son close by. But, she said, “nobody was marching.”

That’s also why during the global Women’s March in January, which had the goal of “harnessing the political power of diverse women and their communities to create transformative social change,” Fenner was not in attendance.

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