“What happens in the present moment is as important to our future as the past,” @iammarleydias writes. “So it is my hope that in the future, the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery will be covered in schools nationwide. Because all of us—students, teachers, and administrators—must be able to say the words ‘Black Lives Matter.’ In order for us to be the change we wish to see in the world, we must see ourselves first—in fact and in fiction. That’s why I call upon policymakers, school board administrators, and all adults to put us in the picture. Give us space, hear us out, and most importantly, listen. To truly fight for our future, you must let us help you lead the way.” The 15-year-old activist and #1000BlackGirlBooks founder explains why young people must be included in the in the fight for racial justice. Link in bio.