Young African-Americans Who Gained a Brief Spotlight in 2013

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  • 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
  • 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

Dissident Detroit Official Makes Waves

John Olumba, a member of the Michigan House of Representatives, made headlines this year as a dissident voice in the state, perturbing politicians for his attention to corruption and his criticism of incumbent politicians. He alienated his fellow Democrats for his criticism and eventually became an independent. The 32-year-old launched an unsuccessful campaign for mayor of Detroit this year. (Photo: Courtesy of John Olumba)

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