Spotlighting stories in honor of Black History Month

In honor of Black History Month, we are spotlighting three recent YCTeen stories that demonstrate Black history and shared cultural identity as a source of strength in the lives of young people. These stories chronicle experiences of anti-Black racism in schools and how these writers turned to Black historical figures, liberation movements, neighborhoods, and youth affinity groups to learn that their sense of self expands far beyond the often limited and violent imaginations imposed on them.

I get to decide what it means to me.

By Christina Oxley

These are steps I’m taking to fight racism.

By Josiah Alexander

It’s been a long journey to overcome the shame caused by prejudiced peers at predominantly white schools.

By Kayla Ruano-Lumpris

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