NAME: Nupol Kiazolu
HOW IT STARTED:
The murder of Trayvon Martin inspired Nupol’s calling to become a activist. At the age of 12, Nupol finally saw what it meant to be young and black growing up in today’s world and the idea of an innocent and unarmed black man being shot unreasonably just didn’t sit right with her. That’s when she decided to take a stand and represent Trayvon Martin’s death by protesting at her school from the clothing she wore to speaking out on how she felt about the case as a young black student in a predominantly white school/area. She did whatever it took to get across to the faculty that expressing how you feel about a political matter within school grounds should be okay to do as long as it’s done peacefully. When Kiazolu won the case the following day, after being suspended for expressing how she felt at school, she realized that her calling was activism.
HOW IT’S GOING:
Nupol Kiazolu is now a 20-year-old activist, pageant queen and president of the Greater New York chapter of the Black Lives Matter movement. Along with making incredible waves in activism, she has been interviewed by Anderson Cooper and been on the frontlines in Minneapolis as well as other cities. Kiazolu has also been featured in Teen Vogue’s “21 Under 21” and has been honored at 2018’s DoSomething Gala.
”I don’t have the luxury and privilege as a black woman to sit in my house and do nothing. Whether I sit at home or go outside, I can be killed because of the color of my skin”