The Teenage Girls Creating a New Future


Oct. 12 2020, Published 8:00 p.m. ET

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Across the country, Black teenage girls are stepping up — and continuing the legacy of Black women leading.

Tiana Day, 17, organized the first-ever Black Lives Matter protest across the Golden Gate Bridge. Shayla Turner, 18, spent part of her high school graduation week campaigning to improve Chicago’s public schools. Brianna Chandler, 18, organized a teach-in for local students to learn about racial justice. Six teens in Nashville, led by 16-year-old Zee Thomas, organized a march of more than 10,000 against police brutality.

How are these four extraordinary young women using their voices and sharing their vision with their communities? What are the tools that help them imagine a new future? What moves them as creative leaders?

Join NYT as Tiana, Shayla, Brianna and Zee sit down with Times gender editor at large Jessica Bennett to discuss. Then, watch as they debut new original art about their activism inspired by a prompt from Brittany Packnett Cunningham, activist, founder and principal of Love & Power Works.


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