It Has Happened Again | A Poem About Gun Violence

“It has happened again.” That thought echoes through my mind once more. I close my eyes and I pray. I pray for the family friend that the sun no longer gets to warm. I pray for the mother whose child she can no longer hold in her arms. I pray for the soldiers. I pray … Continue reading It Has Happened Again | A Poem About Gun Violence

Black Youth Have Been Combating Gun Violence for Generations

I'd like to start this article by thanking Mobilizing Youth Project and Women's March Youth Empower for inviting me to speak at the Town Hall For Gun Violence Prevention. The first anniversary of the March For Our Lives movement was last week. It’s mission is to “end gun violence, elect morally just leaders into office and … Continue reading Black Youth Have Been Combating Gun Violence for Generations

Reflecting on Intersectionality One Year After The March For Our Lives

According to the Oxford Dictionaries, Intersectionality means, “the interconnected nature of social categorizations such as race, class, and gender as they apply to a given individual or group, regarded as creating overlapping and interdependent systems of discrimination or disadvantage." This term is very well-known in the fight for gun violence prevention. On February 14, 2018, … Continue reading Reflecting on Intersectionality One Year After The March For Our Lives

What Armed Teachers and Increased Police Presence Means for Black Youth

On February 14 my school, Marjory Stoneman Douglas, came face-to-face with gun violence. On that day I was on the 2nd floor of the Freshman building, the same building we lost 17 of our MSD Eagles. I hid behind my teacher’s desk holding my classmate's hand, in prayer and in fright. For a long time, … Continue reading What Armed Teachers and Increased Police Presence Means for Black Youth

Havana Chapman-Edwards on Activism and Girl Power

7-year-old student activist Havana Chapman-Edwards (@TheTinyDiplomat) was the only student at her school to participate in the national school walkout to honor the victims of the 1999 Columbine school shooting. Her story went viral and captured the attention of CNN, Refinery29, The Washington Post, USA Today and more. With her honorees Nupol Kiazolu, Naomi Wadler, … Continue reading Havana Chapman-Edwards on Activism and Girl Power

When Black Girls Are Robbed of Their Innocence in Progressive Spaces

I'd like to debut this article by showing my appreciation to Art 180 for giving 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 experiences with … Continue reading When Black Girls Are Robbed of Their Innocence in Progressive Spaces

Why I Didn’t Participate in the National School Walkout

I am writing this as a Black student activist who was excluded from speaking and turned away by the white student organizers of the Virginia #NationalSchoolWalkout Protest that took place on the 19th anniversary of the Columbine massacre, at Brown's Island in Richmond. I was scheduled to speak about race and the media’s lack of support for … Continue reading Why I Didn’t Participate in the National School Walkout

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

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 of the event: “Speakers … Continue reading It’s Important to Listen to Black Girls in the Fight Against Gun Violence