NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A candlelight vigil was held at City Hall Park on Saturday to remember dozens of missing and murdered women of color.
Friends and family members held photos of the women, saying each of their names. They’re asking that equal attention be given to cases when women of color are reported missing as when white women are reported missing.READ MORE: Gov. Hochul: No Known Cases Of New COVID Variant 'Omicron' In New York
New York City’s Public Advocate, Jumaane Williams, was there to shed light on the issue.READ MORE: Stephen Sondheim, Legend Of The Broadway Musical, Dead At 91
“In 2020, 268,000 girls and women were reported missing in the United States. A third of those reported missing were Black. They represent far greater than the share of the overall female population,” he said.MORE NEWS: NYPD: Landlord-Tenant Dispute Suspected In Canarsie Fire That Seriously Injured 2
The ceremony was organized by the National Taskforce for Missing and Murdered Women and Girls of Color.