Young African-Americans Who Gained a Brief Spotlight in 2013

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  • Young Black Americans in the 2013 Spotlight
  • 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

A Witness in the Zimmerman Trial Who Stood Up for Trayvon

After becoming the center of one of the year's most high-profile cases, Rachel Jeantel became both the target of stinging criticism and the beneficiary of praise for her testimony in the trial of George Zimmerman, who was charged with second-degree murder in the death of Trayvon Martin. The 19-year-old friend of Martin served as the prosecution’s key witness. (Photo: Jacob Langston-Pool/Getty Images)

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