The EdLanta Student Coalition is comprised of young activists dedicated to uplifting the voices Black and brown youth in Georgia.
For Women’s History Month, we continue to uplift the voices of young women activists. Aisha Dukuly shares words of empowerment for Generation X.
Many young people are led to believe that they need a title or special training to create meaningful change within their communities. But you don’t. I’ve learned that given the opportunity to make the change you seek, take it and don’t stop until you reach your goal.
I’m here to tell you that you don’t need any prerequisites to make change and end racism. Your voice is powerful and it is enough. In fact, you don’t even need to be told that you can use your voice.
You just have to be empowered within yourself to know that you have the right to use it.
As a student activist, I believe that “Students Shall Lead The Way!”
I’ve been using my voice to do just that as a senior in high school and surviving in the pandemic.
As ESC student activist, I’ve been able to utilize my voice. My voice has power and through my activism, I’ve been able to help make change in my community.
Generation X, there is power in your voices too! With my voice . . .
- I was able to help turn Georgia Blue
- I was able to help flip my school board
- I was able to help craft a pathway for new leadership in my school district
I am actively creating change, and so can you!
Huey Newton once said, “The revolution has always been in the hands of the young. The young always inherit the revolution”.
Young people this is our revolution. There is no more time for performative activism on social media. It is time to walk the walk and talk the talk.
Everyone has a different place in this movement.
For some of us, our job is in the front holding the microphone. Some are supposed to be behind the person holding the microphone. Others need to follow the policies. There are those meant to use their artistic talents to get our message out.
We all play a role in civic engagement, but we must get connected to leaders doing the work.
The EdLanta Student Coalition is elevating youth to lead the way to a better America!
Find your place in the movement and embody it. Nobody is going to hand us justice, we have to cease it unapologetically.
As the Honorable John Lewis once said, “Never, ever be afraid to make some noise and get in good trouble, necessary trouble“.
The alliances we create now will see the fruits of our labor in the future. Let’s make good trouble together.
Aisha Dukuly is a Gwinnett County Public School School senior and EdLanta Student Activist.
See more of her work on the ESC at our site.
Jason has worked in education for over 15 years as a teacher, blogger and community advocate. He speaks and writes primarily about the need to improve education for Black boys, particularly increasing the number of Black male educators in schools. In addition to blogging here at EdLanta, Jason is also a featured writer at Education Post.