Young African-Americans Who Gained a Brief Spotlight in 2013

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  • A Suit That Ignited the Shop-and-Frisk Controversy
  • A Witness in the Zimmerman Trial Who Stood Up for Trayvon
  • Leading a Protest Against School Closures in Chicago
  • UCLA Student Gains Fame after a Video Critical of School’s Diversity Record
  • Victim of Stop and Frisk Became a Star Witness
  • The Youngest Speaker at the March on Washington Commemoration
  • Dissident Detroit Official Makes Waves
  • One of the Central Park Five Continues to Speak Out
  • Young Black Americans in the 2013 Spotlight

Leading a Protest Against School Closures in Chicago

Brian Stirgis, a 17-year-old senior at Paul Robeson High School in Chicago, made headlines as the coordinator of a student protest against school closures in that city. Roughly 200 students, angry about the city’s plan to close 54 schools in largely African-American and Latino areas of Chicago, boycotted state standardized tests to send a message to the school district. They also rallied at the Board of Education headquarters. (Photo: Jonathan Hicks/BET)

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