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Zyahna Bryant

Charlottesville Youth Council, Student Representative for Charlottesville City School Board
Activist and Community Organizer
Charlottesville, Virginia
Zyahna Bryant is an award-winning student activist, community organizer, and author who organized her first demonstration, a rally for Justice for Trayvon Martin, at age 12. Zyahna founded the Charlottesville High School Black Student Union at the age of 14. In the Spring of 2016, Zyahna wrote the petition calling for the removal of Confederate statues from Charlottesville’s parks, and City Council voted to remove them in 2017. This year, she has published a Collection of Poetry and Essays titled “Reclaim.” She continues to organize with local teens and youth leaders around issues of race and inequity. Her primary focus is on the achievement gap and equal access for students of color. Zyahna has been featured in The New York Times, National Geographic, The New Yorker Magazine, Forbes; and featured on Vice News, PBS, CNN, and BET.


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