New Year, New Activist

If you’re interested in becoming a student activist, but don’t know where to start, here are three books that might spark ideas and inspire you to take action in your own way.

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

16-year-old Starr Carter is an African American girl who grew up in a poor neighborhood and goes to a private school in the affluent part of town. Her life was perfect until she witnesses the death of her childhood best friend, Khalil, who was shot by a police officer. Now, she is faced with the choice of risking her life to speak up for Khalil, and tell his story, or to sit back and live with the guilt of letting him down. The Hate U Give is a compelling must-read that offers an important perspective of police brutality in modern day America. 

#NeverAgain: A New Generation Draws the Line by Lauren and David Hogg

Siblings David and Lauren Hogg, two survivors of the Parkland School Shooting, recount what they witnessed that day, and how it lead them to take action. This book delves into the way society has taught people from a young age about gun control (or the lack thereof), and the influence it has on their reactions towards horrifying school shootings. As this topic is becoming increasingly relevant, it is important for teens to be aware of the issue of gun control.

Nevertheless, We Persisted: 48 Voices of Defiance, Strength, and Courage 

This book is a compilation of stories of 48 different people, from young teen activists to professionals who spoke out against injustice. The powerful essays all describe times in life when the teens were faced with adversaries because of their identities, such as gender, age, race, or sexual identity. These impactful recounts can inspire the students of Notre Dame to persist in their own fights for equality in their lives.

I hope your path towards being an activist doesn’t stop here! After reading these books, consider researching issues you are passionate about and  local events that you can take part in.

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