Little Black Dress initiative fights poverty in the Pee Dee

Pee Dee

The Little Black Dress initiative started this week in the Pee Dee to bring awareness about the poverty problem in the area, particularly for women. 

We’re supporting each other, instead of putting each other down because there’s more women working, going back to school to get their degree or just taking simple jobs to feed their family, said chairman, Nicole Dixon. 

Nearly 60 women across Florence are wearing the same black dress for five days in a row this week. 

We just want women to support women in poverty by wearing the dress every day, from Monday to Friday, said Dixon. 

The women are highlighting a different matter each day from violence, to education, to financial struggles. 

Your mom sometimes can’t afford to buy milk or afford to get lunch at school, but she makes that sacrifice. So if you have a dance at school, she might wear that same black dress she wore to church, or work. She just wears that dress everywhere, if it’s a social event, said Dixon. 

Women will also wear a pin that states, ‘Ask me about my dress?’, with the goal of sparking conversation and addressing the issues in the community. 

“I work in the school district and I see it a lot, with the students and the parents that come into the school, said co-chairman, Charnique Fairley

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