We love the work the Young People’s Project (YPP) is doing! The group creates opportunities for young people to learn, teach, lead, and organize. One exciting project they are involved in is “Quality Education as a Constitutional Right” (QECR), which seeks to raise educational standards for American schoolchildren.
We talked to Ogo Anosike about her group’s work, and she told us that some teens from YPP recently attended the anniversary of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, or SNCC. SNCC was a group of civil rights activists who came together in 1960 and were instrumental in the American Civil Rights Movement. The group was founded on the principle of nonviolent activism, and was involved in sit-ins, freedom rides, and the freedom ballot among other causes. SNCC was against the Vietnam War, and promoted civil rights and equality for all.
YPP attended the 50th Anniversary of SNCC’s founding because they are continuing the movement that SNCC began. More than 1100 people attended the anniversary event, which was held in North Carolina from April 15 to 18.
“Young people, civil rights vets, community leaders, and organizers made their way to the event,” Anosike tells Teen Voices. “The Young People’s Project (YPP) took advantage of the anniversary by using the historic occasion to bring YPP students and staff together from around the country to introduce ourselves to the community whose work and legacy we’ve inherited. “
Anosike says that although she had learned about the Civil Rights movement and spent time studying it in law school, it didn’t really hit home until she heard firsthand accounts from people who were present during the fight for civil rights.
We’re looking forward to learning more about the work the teens at YPP are doing!
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