A Conversation With Patrisse Khan-Cullors

By Stephanie Younger • After delivering a speech at a March For Our Lives demonstration in Richmond, VA about the significance listening to Black youth in the fight for gun violence prevention, I was offered the opportunity to write for the ACLU of Virginia’s to share my thoughts on juvenile justice, racial justice and womanism. …

How I Faced Stereotyping, Harassment and Racism by Progressives

By Stephanie Younger •  I'd like to debut this article thanking Art 180 for giving me a platform to share my story with racism and online harassment through this painting at their gallery "Everything is Connected." My painting embodies both the fact that Black youth have been rallying against gun violence for generations and my …

Black Lives Matter Activist Nupol Kiazolu on Womanism

By Stephanie Younger •  The murder of Trayvon Martin ignited a fire within a then 12-year-old Nupol Kiazolu "that [she's] never felt before." "I couldn’t fully articulate how I felt at the time, but I knew I was angry," she wrote in a post on Instagram. "A few days after your murder, I came to …

Why I Didn’t Participate in the National School Walkout

By Stephanie Younger •  I am writing this as a Black student activist who was turned away and excluded from speaking by the white student organizers of the Virginia #NationalSchoolWalkout Protest, that took place on the 19th anniversary of the Columbine school shooting, at Brown's Island in Richmond, Virginia. I was informed that I was …

20 Things Black Girls Should Never Have to Hear or Experience

By Stephanie Younger •  The following list is based on real micro-aggressions and instances of racism I've experienced. The sculpture I created in a class at Art 180 symbolizes how I have transcended the misogyny and racism I have experienced and internalized. Through this sculpture, I want to intraracially, as well as interracially educate people …

It’s Important to Listen to Black Girls in the Fight Against Gun Violence

By Stephanie Younger •  Today, I had the opportunity to speak at a March For Our Lives demonstration in Richmond addressing the fatal school shooting at Majory Stoneman Douglas High school in Parkland, Florida. My speech shed some light onto how gun violence disproportionately affects women, queer and trans people, and Black communities. From NBC12’s coverage …

How Girls Who Code Helped Me Give Back 

By Stephanie Younger •  Throughout middle school, I usually spent my summers in programs that encourage youth of color to excel in the field of S.T.E.A.M, such as the ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp. I have also spent summers mentoring other young people of color in S.T.E.A.M. and even started a competitive robotics team …

14 Black Girls, Women & Non-Binary People Every Womanist Should Know About

"In Search of Our Mother's Gardens," by Alice Walker By Stephanie Younger •  Many institutions fail to educate Black History and Women's History from the most marginalized voices in the Black community. Black women, girls and non-binary people are often discredited for our contributions to the feminist movement and the civil rights movement. Civil Rights …