DirtySouthHipHop highlights the Activist Heroes of 2020
It has been a crazy long year, and it’s about to end in a month. 2020 can be expressed as a year of many battles, but with every battle being fought victory is found on the other side.
Besides being hit with COVID-19 and the countless hours of lockdown, fights for equality between race and human decency have also broken out as well. Back on May 25th, people woke up to the death of George Floyd, where a white male officer violently pinned Floyd on the ground and suffocated him to death. Ever since that day, riots and protests erupted and fights to put systematic racism to an end.
Gen-Z and younger millennial activists have also made a huge impact on getting these problems noticed in the public eye. Even though they’re many names we could mention, here at DSHH, we will be honoring the top 3 that have shown courage and brought their motivation to create something beautiful.
In the midst of African-American deaths at high numbers, it’s becoming a huge social problem. The most publicized deaths include Trayvon Martin, Atatiana Jefferson, John Crawford III, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade. Activists like Nupol Kiazolu are taking action on this crisis.
The president of Black Lives Matter Greater NY uses her powerful voice as a boost to the oppressed voices around the country. She focuses on domestic and sexual violence, civil rights, and homelessness. Kiazolu inherits her Brooklyn roots into her work as a political science major at Hampton University. She accomplished so much in 2020 and a lot of her work is being recognized outside the HBCU community. Nupol has a lot more projects in the work, so keep your eye out.
Kenidra Wood’s story begins with founding A Heart of Hope, and CHEETAH. She started both organizations to provide comfort to herself when she went through bullying. She considered these two organizations to bring inspiration to other girls her age and inspired many other activists.
Both organizations supervise her movement to end bullying, gun violence, and stigmas surrounding mental health. Kenidra Woods continues to improve her vision through her passion and activism, as well as using film and writing.
Meet 17-year-old Xiuhtezcatl Roske-Martinez
17-year-old Xiuhtezcatl Roske- Martinez has always had the ambition to better the world since he was six years old. Back in 2015, his motivating speech at the United Nations impressed many other great leaders/activists, and they were even more shocked to find out he was just 15 years old. In 2013, he received the United States Community Service Award and participated in the Youth Council ran by President Obama.
Besides these assets, he’s also the youth director of Earth Guardians, which is a worldwide conservation organization that brings together activists and other fellow artists. The 17-year-old also received lots of headlines after being one of the other 21 activists who has sued the federal government and Donald Trump for failing to act on climate change.
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