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Reflecting On Black History Month Illustrations

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YLI is My Story

As you probably know, February is Black History Month, a month where famous and influential black members of society are recognized and celebrated. Back in January, Kody, our Program Manager with The kNOw, asked me if I would be interested in doing illustrations that celebrate famous and less well-known leaders in the African American community for Black History Month. I gladly accepted, and I’m glad I did.

King Made Me Feel Like I Had Power

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YLI is My Story

Martin Luther King Jr Day is an important holiday for me. Martin Luther King Jr. fought for everything he had to get equality for his people. King was so dedicated to his cause he marched for it,  delivered speeches for it, even got arrested for it, even died for it. When I was in elementary … Continued

Everything He Said, He Lived

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YLI is My Story

Today we have no school and for a lot students that means that they can sleep in and watch endless hours of Netflix originals. But there is a name behind this “no school Monday.” Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., born Michael King, was an activist, minister, and leader of the civil rights movement. He … Continued

We Honor Our Leaders Through Action

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YLI is My Story

Martin Luther King Jr. day is more than a federal holiday, more than time off from school or work; it’s an opportunity to reflect on one of the world’s most compelling advocates for civil rights. Until the end of his life in 1968, King fought for the cessation of racial discrimination on both the state and … Continued

Peace and Prosperity Beyond Compare

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YLI is My Story

When those bridges on Selma were crossed, it was a turning point for the battle for civil rights. To secure liberty for all regardless of the color of their skin. Dr. King was always at the spear, risking life and limb, so that everyone can have peace and prosperity beyond compare. Despite stalling, subversion and … Continued

YLI Statement on Recent Officer-Involved Shootings

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YLI is My Story

For 25 years, the Youth Leadership Institute (YLI) has partnered with tens of thousands of youth across the country, particularly in California, to amplify youth voices and change dangerous and oppressive environments.   We are reminded time and again that youth-led change can only come when youth are safe, seen, and alive.  However, the recent fatal … Continued