(My name is Alix Swann. I am a 17-year-old high school junior, and I am an activist. Activism is important to me because I am always looking toward the future. I want to live in a world where everyone has equal rights and opportunities. I fight for the ones who cannot fight for themselves. I fight for the ones who are too blind to see the truth. I fight for the generations after me. It angers me that there is so much injustice, and the politicians and people on top are not doing all they can to fix it.
Being a young black woman has given me life experience that many people will never receive. And after this past year, working to start a movement to diversify application programs within my school district, the most important thing I’ve learned is that youth hold the key. If I had the chance to say one thing to the entire world at once, it would be that.