Young people and the movement for civil rights have always been closely connected. While we often think of the titans of the Civil Rights movement as wise elders, during the peak of their work they were often teenagers and college students, finding their voices as they diligently worked to shape their own future.
That legacy continues today. During the 2020 uprisings and protests against police violence, we witnessed young, Black NAACP members nationwide step up to represent their communities.
We are passionate about not only including youth at all levels of our work, but ensuring that they have supportive spaces, mentors, and guidance to speak out, learn, and develop into the civil rights and social justice leaders of tomorrow. Listening to and embracing the thought leadership of our young people is crucial to our commitment to lasting social and political change.