Young activist is on a mission to continue MLK’s legacy

Brea Baker hopes people will be reading Martin Luther King Jr.’s words, watching his speeches and looking to understand what the continuation of his legacy looks like.
2:35 | 01/18/21

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We are back now with an update on a young changemaker from Atlanta. We introduced you to her a while back. She has been on the front lines of racial and gender activism since she was a teenager. With some new hopes on this martin Luther king day. My advocacy and work began long before June 2020. And it continues long after that. To me, the beauty in mlk Jr. Day is not freezing leaders like Dr. Martin Luther king Jr. In time, but in being able to support leaders of the past, present and future. I really encourage people to not just read his works, and listen to his speeches, but also to understand what it means to continue that legacy, and what it means to support other activists, especially young activists who are doing that work now. I became involved in activism from a pretty young age, I would say, I was 18, graduating from high school, when trayvon martin was killed, and he was 17 at the time. I felt very clearly how my life was connected to his. And it felt like black youth in America collectively took like a punch to the gut. And from that moment on, it felt like there was nothing else I could be spending my time on and I needed to be contributing to this moment every day. So I currently work at inspire justice, which is a social impact firm, helping us to reimagine a new society where we have the community that we really want. Since I last talked to you, I have been deep in the work, everything from virtual events to canvassing and phone banking ahead of the elections, to writing tons of articles to build awareness and helping people find resources for unlearning and relearning. It has been quite a journey and it will definitely continue on and I'm excited to be back with feet on the ground, and in community, with people, in a post-covid world. It is impossible to have change overnight. It's actually underestimating racism to think that you can undo 400 years of oppression overnight. I like to remind people that at the time that Dr. King was assassinated, he was not as popular as he is now. And many of the people who now champion his work would not have supported him in that moment. And don't support the grassroots activists who are leading for it now. And I really encourage us to understand to not pit Dr. King against other activists but to find the commonality and understand in his calls for peace, he was always asking for accountability and justice, first and foremost. And that is what we are doing today. And that's what I'm excited to be a part of. Brilliant, passionate, amazing. We will hear from her plenty down the road. Yes, we are. Stay with us here.

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