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Detroit area civic leaders rally in support of abducted Nigerian schoolgirls

DETROIT — Southfield Mayor Brenda L. Lawrence  and Vice Chancellor Dr. Omobonike Odegbami of Wayne County Community College District along with concerned citizens held a rally May 10 to demand the return of more than 270 abducted Nigerian school girls to their families. Agents of Hope, a Detroit-based non-profit committed to education freedom and financial literacy, was also a key supporter of the rally and movement.

The rally was held at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit.  The event was designed to send a positive global message calling for an end to violence, commodification, oppression and of course abductions against women and young girls worldwide.

Demonstrators wore headwraps and caps to symbolize solidarity and freedom for the schoolgirls who were kidnapped from their boarding schools in northeastern Nigeria, and a second recent abduction on May 7 of eight school girls in Borno State, to prevent them from attending school. The event used the hashtag #Detroit234BBOG.

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