Danai Gurira brings Michonne’s fighting spirit to the Women’s March on Washington

Danai Gurira as Michonne, The Walking Dead, AMC
Danai Gurira as Michonne, The Walking Dead, AMC /

Danai Gurira plays a fierce warrior on The Walking Dead, but she’s also one in real life. She is an advocate for women, and will be bringing her fighting spirit to Washington.

Michonne never backs down from a fight on AMC’s The Walking Dead, and neither does the actress who plays her. Danai Gurira is involved in many organizations that work to empower women and girls around the world. She also participates in organizations that encourage artistic expression as a way to cross cultural divides.

She has been actively involved in the Bring Back Our Girls campaign and Love Our Girls as well as the Almasi Arts Alliance.

This month she is using her celebrity and her voice to speak up for women in the US. She will be attending the Women’s March on Washington. The march is a protest against President-Elect Trump’s inauguration.

Many celebrities will be attending the march to voice their support of women and minorities. The people who organized the event call the Women’s March on Washington a response to“rhetoric of the past election cycle which has insulted, demonized, and threatened many of us,” including women, immigrants, Muslims and LGBTQ people.”

The Walking Dead’s Commitment to Diversity

It’s no surprise that Danai Gurira will be joining the Women’s March on Washington. Many of the cast members participate in social justice and advocacy campaigns.

Michonne - Season 4 cast photo, AMC
Michonne – Season 4 cast photo, AMC /

The Walking Dead is one of the few shows on TV that has a strong commitment to diversity in both the on-screen cast and behind the scenes. It also has an extremely diverse fan base.

On screen the women of The Walking Dead are fierce fighters who are sometimes even more capable than the men of dealing with the post-apocalypse world.

Off screen female and minority writers and directors have written and directed more than 35% of the show’s episodes. That’s a higher percentage than any other genre TV show.


The march isn’t happening for another week, but a social media campaign has already been started to announce the event and encourage participation.

On Twitter people are using the hashtag #WhyIMarch to express why this protest is important to them. Danai Gurira tweeted this about the march:

In addition to the celebrities that are attending the Women’s March on Washington, advocacy groups from around the country plan to participate in this historic protest. EMILY’S list, a women’s political group, will be involved in the march. So will Amnesty International, GLAAD, Girls Who Code, The Muslim Women’s Alliance and many others.

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The Women’s March on Washington will kick off at 10 AM on January 21st near the intersection of Independence Ave and 3rd St.  in Washington, D.C. There will be simultaneous protest marches in every major city across the nation.