Monday’s Madame is a new column on MadameNoire that highlights inspirational women who are doing great things in black communities around the world. If you would like to submit an inspirational woman for consideration, please send her name, age, location, photo, and a blurb about the work she’s doing to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monday’s Madame(s): Derrica Wilson And Natalie Wilson
Why they inspire us: Derrica Wilson and her sister-in-law, Natalie Wilson, are the founders of Black and Missing Foundation Inc. (BAMFI). BAMFI is an organization dedicated to bringing awareness to missing persons of color, providing vital resources and tools to missing person’s families and friends, and educating the community on personal safety.
Frustrated with the lack of concern for missing black girls such as Tamika Huston, a 24-year-old who vanished from her Spartanburg, SC, apartment in 2004, particularly against the backdrop of the media’s coverage of missing white girls like Natalee Holloway, Derrica and Natalie founded the Black and Missing Foundation in 2008. The goal of BAMFI is to serve as advocates for missing people of color, believing that awareness is key in finding our missing and providing much needed closure for their families.
On a daily basis, Derrica and Natalie receive calls from families across the nation asking for help in finding their missing loved ones. The pair works diligently on their behalf, interfacing with law enforcement agencies across the country, the FBI, national media outlets and the families of those missing to help close the attention gap. Since the Black and Missing Foundation’s inception, Derrica and Natalie have helped locate or provide closure to the families of more than 125 missing people.
Follow them: @BAM_FI