We don’t often see stories about our missing black youth, but CNN recently ran an important report on six-year-old Adji Desir, a Florida boy, who went missing a couple of weeks ago on January 10, 2009. Take a moment to watch the video:

You can find more information on Adji and many others at the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. . . youth like Kendale Broadnax, Moncheri Devean Freeman, Max-Gian Alcalde and Yadira Reid.

You can also find more information at Black and Missing, an excellent blog that keeps track of missing black men, women and children. Many of you may already be familiar with the site. But, if you’re not, you can go there and find a lot of valuable information and links to various websites and resources. You can also download a banner and/or a widget to help raise awareness on the many stories that don’t get a lot of attention . . .

Stories like that of twelve-year-old DC area girl, Danielle Latasha Hicks-Best. She went missing on January 3, 2009. The missing persons report gives the following information:

via the DC Metropolitan Police Department:

Danielle Latasha Hicks-Best was reportedly last seen at approximately 1:30 am on Saturday, January 3, 2009, at her residence located in the 700 block of Fairmont Street, NW. It appears at this time that she left her residence on her own accord; however as of this time she has failed to return.

Danielle is described as a black female, approximately 5’1” tall and weighing approximately 105 pounds. She is further described as having black hair, brown eyes and a medium complexion. It is unknown as to what type of clothing she was last observed wearing. . . .

Anyone with information as to the whereabouts of Danielle Latasha Hicks-Best is asked to call police at (202) 727-9099.

You can find more information about Danielle, including her photo, here.

Of course, there are many more stories of missing youth that go unmentioned. And it goes without saying that all cases are serious regardless of race or color. However, it’s important that we stay mindful of little Adji, Danielle and countless others who don’t get the national media spotlight. Their stories need our attention.

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