Students from a Baltimore City charter school will join hundreds Friday in a march to support the safe return of hundreds of schoolgirls who were kidnapped in Nigeria last month. 

Students from the Baltimore Leadership School for Young women, an all-girls charter school in Baltimore, will be donning red and marching from their school's Mt. Vernon location to City Hall, where Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake will speak.

Several private schools, including Roland Park Country School, will join forces with more than one dozen schools and organizations like the JCC of Greater Baltimore in the rally. 

The groups will display a show a solidarity in support of 276 girls who were abducted at gunpoint from their school dormitories on April 15 in Nigeria by a militant group and have not yet been returned. It is reported that the girls were kidnapped because the group believed that "western education is a sin." 

The kidnappings have spurred an international outcry, and a global campaign called "Bring Back our Girls," (on social media, the campaign has been promoted via the hashtag #bringbackourgirls), which is the message distraught parents in Nigeria have been communicating to the militant group and the Nigerian government via signs and protests. 

The rally will begin at 3:30 at the War Memorial Building outside of City Hall.

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