MERRICK, N.Y. (WCBS 880) — A pint-sized activist has taken the world by storm after video showed her marching in a Black Lives Matter protest on Long Island, New York this week.
Wynta-Amor Rogers tells WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall she nearly lost her voice chanting in the march on Wednesday. She says she was compelled to walk and just wants to spread positivity.
“Everybody should love everybody,” she said.
Video on social media captured by a reporter from the Long Island Herald went viral showing 7-year-old Rogers with a determined look on her face as she chanted loudly, “No justice, no peace.”
It had been viewed more than 21 million times as of Friday afternoon.
Rogers says it was her idea to march in the protest.
“I want people to hear me and I just want everybody to get together,” she explains.
"We were home and it was on the news that they were going to have a march, and she's like, 'Mommy what's going on? I want to go.' I said, 'It is not safe.' And she said, 'No, it is safe, Mommy. Let's go.' And we went out there, and this is what happened," her mother, Lakyia Jackson, said.
Jackson tells Hall that she has received negative comments for letting her child participate in the march, but it’s what the 7-year-old wants to do.
“They say she should be home playing with her dolls and doing things that little kids do… she does it every day, she's in her room playing with her toys and everything. She's very educated. But, this is what she wants to do. She wants to go outside and let everyone know that she wants everyone to be together,” Jackson explains.
The mother feels her daughter's generation should see what is happening in real time, as they will be the ones tackling the hard topics in the future.
When asked what she wanted to be when she grows up, Rogers responded: “I want to be the president of the United States.”