At age 17 I became one of the leaders of the Ferguson protest movement that erupted in 2014 when Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, was shot and killed by a white police officer. I want to end all state-sanctioned violence and racial injustice.
With other students, I created One Destiny, a collective of St. Louis high school student activists uniting against state-sanctioned violence. We focus on organizing demonstrations and protests inside and outside of schools, community outreach, youth voter registration, and mentorship.
For me, the most important thing is liberation for the oppressed. We live in a broken world, separated by race, religion, and class. Often, being black can automatically make you a target of state-sanctioned violence. I have come to understand that there will be obstacles in my struggle. Focusing on the mission, staying strong, organizing and educating the masses on mass incarceration and its effects on poor communities have given me courage. The young leaders I work alongside with give me hope.