This young activist wants a different kind of gun reform movement: One that centers Black lives.

This young activist wants a different kind of gun reform movement: One that centers Black lives.

Right now, Aalayah Eastmond is in the middle of finals week at Trinity Washington University in Washington, D.C. The 19-year-old is a second-year student in the Criminal Justice program, looking forward to a future at Howard Law and a career as a defense attorney. 

But, two years ago, on Feb. 14, Eastmond was in her morning class at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. By the end of the day, she was at the center of a gun-related tragedy that ended with 17 people killed and 17 others wounded by a former student. 

She survived, she mourned, she graduated, and she became an activist.  Read more…

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