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9 Year-Old Activist Asean Johnson Continues Fight Against Chicago School Closings

We’re sure many of you remember 9 year-old Asean Johnson, whose galvanizing speech at an anti-school closings rally in Chicago became a viral sensation.

According to Asean’s mother Shoneice Reynolds, Asean has been exhibiting leadership qualities from a very young age; he is currently the president of his third grade class.

And his voice has already been influential. He joined a chorus of voices that actually saved own his school – Marcus Garvey Elementary School – from closing.

From the Grio:

Earlier school board plans listed Johnson’s school l for closure while students from the elementary school would join those who attended Mount Vernon Elementary, which is a few blocks away.

But after rallying the help of others, Johnson was successful in keeping his school open. However, Johnson doesn’t take all the credit – instead, he says it was a “team effort.”

He tells NBC Chicago: “It wasn’t just me, it was a team help, a team effort and all the teachers came out with their students it was pretty cool and we all fought for our school to stay open.”

Read more at the Grio

We are so impressed with this young man.

It is paramount that our young people recognize their own power, and believe that they can make a difference and transform the world around them.


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