From the COVID-19 pandemic, to Black Lives Matter protests, to a historic election cycle, 2020 will be documented in history books to come. But in such a momentous year, what events will truly stand out to future generations? These young Black activists, who are leading movements today that will inspire leaders of the future, know what they want to see remembered.
While the year 2020 was marred by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, it also had its share of hopeful moments, including unprecedented youth voter turnout, a global uprising against racial injustice and police brutality, and new ground broken in LGBTQ+ rights. Many of these movements have been led by young people of color. So Elite Daily is asking groundbreaking young Black leaders, whose advocacy efforts include voter registration, climate change prevention, and international gender equality, among other topics, what they think will — or should — be preserved by history.
Here’s what they had to say about the moments from the past year they hope to see documented and the changes they hope will come from them.
The following interviews have been edited for length and clarity.