FIVE YOUNG BLACK WOMEN CHANGEMAKERS YOU SHOULD KNOW
The old saying that the young people are leaders of tomorrow is right; However, some of these amazing youngsters aren’t waiting to lead in the future, they’re doing it now. Take a look below at these five young black women changemakers you should know about. They truly make the future brighter than ever, once again proving that, #blackgirlsrock.
1. Yolanda Renee King
The granddaughter of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. unquestionably continues her grandfather’s legacy. At just 13, the teenage activist rose to national prominence, advocating for better gun control laws to the student March for our lives in Washington, D.C.
At age nine, King said she herself “dreamed of a world without guns”. She picked up the torch and put her words into action. In addition to his passion for creating a gun-free world, King also joined the fight for the right to vote. Additionally, she has spoken out, offering her opinion on critical race theory.
During the March for Our Lives, King told the audience that “we’re going to be a great generation.” We have no doubt that her generation will with young people like her leading the charge for change.
2. Mo’ne Davis
At 12, Mo’ne Davis made history. The talented athlete, in 2014, solidified her brand in the world by becoming not only the first black girl to play in the Little League World Series, but also the first girl to win and kick a shutout. Additionally, Mo’ne became the first Little League baseball player to appear on the cover of the coveted sports magazine, Illustrated sports.
Fast forward in time, and in addition to landing on the cover of Sports Illustrated, Davis also landed a Time cover, aptly titled “Women Changing the World”. She is truly changing gender norms on the baseball field and beyond.
3. Little Miss Flint, Mari Copney
Little Miss Flint, Mari Copney grew up in the national spotlight trying to change the world. For Copney, her mission began at age eight with a letter to former President Barack Obama regarding the water crisis in Flint, MI. Today, Mari Copney is now 14 years old and still an activist for social and environmental justice. Copney has raised over $250,000 and distributed over a million bottles of water. However, the young environmentalist is proud to move away from single-use bottled water. It produces its own water filter.
Copney has made it clear that one day she will run for president in 2044. She already has our vote for victory!
4. Marley Dias
At 11, Marley Dias decided to change the fact that she didn’t see herself in the books she read. In 2015, Dias launched #1000BlackGirlBooks with the goal of collecting 1,000 books featuring black female protagonists. Instead of 1,000 books, she ended up collecting 13,000.
In 2018, Dias landed her own book deal, publishing Marley Dias Gets It: And So Do You. However, she didn’t stop there. In 2020, Dias launched the netflix series Bookmarks: Celebrating Black Voices. She served as not only the host, but also the executive producer of the series.
Dias took it #1000BlackGirlBooks global initiative, which not only invests in girls/women in the United States, but also around the world.
5. Amanda Gorman
“Words lead to actions that can change the world” sums up the heart of Amanda Gorman.
Gorman made history as the youngest inaugural poet in U.S. history when she was named Urban Word’s first-ever National Young Poet Laureate in 2017 at age 19. She spoke at the Biden/Harris inauguration and from there, the world was hooked on every syllable. His words empowered everyone to see the possibilities for change.
Now 23, Gorman has written for several prestigious outlets, including the New York Times and, in 2021, she published three books with Penguin Random House. Two of the three became bestsellers.
These five young black women changemakers are just the tip of the iceberg. Do you have other young people on your personal list? Sound-off and commentary below. We want you to join the conversation!
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