by TRN Staff Writers,
This Black History Month is full of stories touting the accomplishments of Dr. Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks, Frederick Douglass and so many other notable Blacks who should be acknowledged. But in their day, the gravity of their profound contributions were probably not recognized until history showed us what they really achieved against all odds.
Today, some young Black person is out there doing the same—making history by accomplishing some feat that no other Black person has achieved. TRN didn’t want to wait two decades for history books to tell us how great these young people are. So here are 3 Young Black People Making Historic moves Today…
Myya D. Jones -Future Mayor of Detroit? Most 22 years are still trying to decide what to do with their lives or which club to hit this weekend. That’s not an insult, it’s normal. Jones is introducing the world to a new normal. The 22-year old says she was inspired by former President Barack Obama’s farewell address which urged people to run for office if their current elected officials “disappointed” them. Jones took that statement personally and threw her hat into the ring for Detroit mayor. Her platform includes lowering crime, increasing economic development and jobs and tackling mental health reform. Jones says, “We should be the ones to create more jobs for people in Detroit and the area. Not Trump. He shouldn’t even be a factor. Period. Creating jobs for Detroit is great, but I want to see people of color doing more than just blue collar jobs. We need to equip people to where they can do more than just work in a factory.”
Jones says she is hoping to help her native city of Detroit grow beyond just the auto industry and she is ready to dig in and do what needs to be done to make the Motor City better. Jones is a Michigan State University business major who says she’s tired of seeing her city neglected, “…We’re tired of being left behind. No one really cares about us, our schools are closing down, our neighborhoods are increasing in crime. It’s unfair and it’s unjust.” Whether Jones is the one to put her city back on the path to prosperity won’t be determined until August and the primary. But she’s proven she’s smart and ambitious enough to maybe get the job done. Jones says, “People can say I’m really ambitious as a 22-year-old, but ambition gets you to where you want to go; ambition is what got some of the most intellectual people who have progressed our society were young people. Dr. King was young when he started off too,”
Marley Dias 12-year Lands Book Deal Marley Dias has a lot on her mind and a lot to say. She can finally say it all to young girls around the world as the author penning her own children’s books. The little publishing prodigy will be the main character in her very own book.
Dias founded her own book drive when she was still just a kid—at age 11. The drive called #1000BlackGirlsBooks collected books depicting Black girls as the leading character as a way to generate diversity in literature. Now that she’s collected more than 8,000 books, Dias will add to the collection by writing her own book where she is the protagonist. The nonfiction book will be marketed to girls (and boys) ages 10 and up to show kids how to make their own dreams come true. Global children’s publishing company Scholastic says the book is scheduled to be released in spring of 2018.
Isaiah Cooper Soaring Above the Clouds When he was 16 years old, some of his friends were still trying to get a driver’s license, but Isaiah Cooper was already aiming higher. Cooper made history as the youngest Black airplane pilot to fly across the U.S. It took Cooper two weeks to make the 8,000 mile journey last summer, but it was a trip that took him years to plan.
Cooper says when he was just five years old, his mom enrolled him in an after-school program that taught inner-city kids about aeronautics and flying. The teen says he always loved planes and apparently he never got over that fascination saying, “I used to think of flying as a hobby, but I’ve decided that after college, I want to … make a career as a private helicopter pilot.” Cooper will be heading off to college soon, but in the meantime he’s still setting goals and aiming for the clouds. He’s started a gofundme page to support his efforts to break the Guinness World Record for the youngest person to fly around the world. Cooper is hoping to break that record next year at the ripe old age of 18.