Next year will mark the fifth anniversary of the Black and Missing Foundation, the organization founded by sisters-in-law Natalie and Derrica Wilson to bring more attention to the plight of African Americans who go missing.
The pair noticed that missing African Americans received less media attention than their White counterparts and they set out to do something about it. That has meant five years of late night calls and desperate Facebook messages, coaching distraught parents on how to deal with law enforcement who may not take their concerns as seriously and taking their message national with the help of partners like NewsOne and T.D. Jakes.
That’s why Natalie and Derrica have been named the 2012 Shine Awards Freedom Fighter winner.
“We believe that every missing person, regardless of age, race, mental ability or circumstance, deserves awareness,” said Derrica Wilson who has a background in law enforcement.
According to the FBI, Blacks make up 34 percent of the 678,000 people reported missing last year despite making up just 13 percent of the country’s population. Forty percent of children reported missing are African American.