Youth Voices | MLK 50

Youth Voices

Youth Voices


Fall – Winter 2018

“Where do we go from here?” The answer lies within those who’ll have the greatest impact on the America of tomorrow: the youth of today.

In partnership with BRIDGES USA, a Memphis-based youth leadership organization, we’re working to create opportunities for young people to raise their voices and create positive social change on the issues they care about most deeply.

As a key component of the MLK50 digital platform, Youth Voices highlights and uplifts the perspectives of young people around the world on the relevance of the Civil Rights Movement today.

We invite students ages 14-21 to share their creative expressions and ideas for action to advance Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s platforms of poverty, jobs, housing, education, justice, and peace. Forms of expression may be written, visual and/or artistic and may address some of the following questions:

  • How is the work of Dr. King relevant to your generation?
  • How can youth work individually and collectively to advance Dr. King’s work within the pillars of poverty, jobs, housing, education, peace and justice.
  • How are you using your advocacy skills to promote peace and justice?
  • Where do we go from here? How can we advance the modern movement for civil and human rights in Memphis and worldwide?
  • What is the greatest civil rights issue of our time?

Youth, Share Your Stories

Your voices matter. 

Students ages 14-21, we need to hear from you. Whether you’re actively engaged in social justice work or you want to share your powerful vision for the future and get more involved, tell us about it. Submit your thoughts on the significance of Dr. King for your generation and your recommendations on where your community can go from here.

 let's hear Your voice 


 

Youth Stories

    • The case for lowering the voting age to 16
    • The case for lowering the voting age to 16
    • By Brentley Sandlin
    • We Are The Future
    • We Are The Future
    • Kevin Smith, 17, Memphis, TN
    • We Are Present. We Are Here. We Are Ready.
    • We Are Present. We Are Here. We Are Ready.
    • Video by Elizabeth Lee, 18, Collierville, TN
    • Behind The Scenes At Youth Ignite Memphis 2017
    • Behind The Scenes At Youth Ignite Memphis 2017
    • Elizabeth Lee, 18, Collierville, TN
    • One-Word Associations: “Police”
    • One-Word Associations: “Police”
    • By Charles Seaton, 18, Memphis, TN
    • Incarcerated Youth Speaking Out For Change
    • Incarcerated Youth Speaking Out For Change
    • By a member of BRIDGES’ Incarcerated Youth Speaking Out for Change Program
    • Disrupting The Cycle
    • Disrupting The Cycle
    • By Eritrea Temesghen, 18, Cordova, TN
    • Widen Your Lens
    • Widen Your Lens
    • —Caroline Finch, 15, Germantown, TN
    • A Poster For Your Thoughts
    • A Poster For Your Thoughts
    • Photo series by Janiya Douglas
    • A School-To-Opportunity Pipeline
    • A School-To-Opportunity Pipeline
    • Video by Elizabeth Lee, 18, Collierville, TN
    • The Game Of Life Chances
    • The Game Of Life Chances
    • Video by Elizabeth Lee, 18, Collierville, TN