In Chicago, young people are actively taking the lead in demanding the social justice changes they want to see in their home city.
"The face of the movement is definitely changing," said organizer Damon Williams, 22. Instead of relying on household names such as the Rev. Jesse Jackson and the Rev. Al Sharpton or other community leaders who have historically been trusted to ignite the change that disenfranchised groups in the city want to see, Williams says it is now everyday black youth who are organizing and taking to the streets to address the politics that affect them, NBC News reported.
After the release of video showing the shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald, it was youth organizers who shouted Jackson off the microphone during a rally on Black Friday, bringing to the forefront a sense among young residents that the old leaders of their city need to make room for new voices.
For Jesse Jackson, young voices are welcome, but they need to understand that even those who are now seen as leaders, like he is, were once young activists who needed to take notes from those who came before.