Image: TeenVogue. Amandla Stenberg in adidas Originals Superstar.

Amandla Stenberg has become one of our younger generation's most viable activists and a positive voice for all of us. The actress continues to be vocal about issues surrounding oppression and in a new personal essay she pens an argument on the power of social media-centric activism — something critics wave off in favor of boots-on-the-ground activism. “Thanks to technology, young adults are reshaping how an individual can make a difference,” asserts the 17-year-old. She continues:

Our generation is more than just a hashtag. We are the next generation of hunger leaders and advocates, taking a stand and not allowing our peers and families to go hungry. We are no different from any committed movement of passionate people who see a brighter future for generations to come. We just happen to talk about it in 140 characters or less. I’m encouraged to see my friends and peers use their online power for the better. They inspire me to stand up for all I care about.
— Amandla Stenberg

To read the rest of her op-ed, head to Teen Vogue.


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