Every year, Black History Month commemorates the past contributions of African American change-makers in the realms of art, entertainment, history, science, and politics, among others. But the next pages of history are starting to be written, and it’s members of the next generation whom kids will be reading about in the years to come. While it’s important to honor those who came before, young Black activists in 2020 are paving their own path to make their mark on the world.
In addition to celebrating Black history, February is a month to acknowledge the trailblazers who continue to work against the oppressive systems that still exist today. Young Black activists are fighting to become leaders on the issues that matter to them by revolutionizing their communities and pushing for a more equitable society. That’s why Elite Daily talked to five leaders acting on issues including voter registration, educational equity, and gun violence about what they’re doing and how these issues uniquely impact the Black community.
The systemic racism and racial inequalities in society play a huge role in driving these young Black activists to take action through activism. They may be young, but these unapologetic change-makers are stepping into new realms of organizing, grassroots advocacy, and storytelling. Here’s what they had to say.
These interviews have been edited for length and clarity.