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Jazmin Kay

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Jazmin Kay

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Decolonize the classroom: These teens want to dismantle America's racist history curriculum

Ritika Sharma is a 17-year-old student attending Denmark High School in Forsyth County, Georgia. As social media became a rallying and organizing outlet for thousands of students in the wake of the police killing of George Floyd, Sharma began sharing information on her personal Instagram about the racist past of her home county and the need to reform Georgia Studies, a mandatory eighth grade course across the state, to reflect this history. Soon after, in response to her posts, an Instagram account called “educationforequalityusa” sent her a direct message encouraging her to start a petition demanding changes to her school’s curriculum.

About

Jazmin Kay

Jazmin is a writer and youth voting rights activist. She is Executive Director of 18by.vote, a non-partisan non-profit organization that aims to help teen voters understand how to vote, when to vote and why to vote. Her writing and personal essays have been published at HuffPost, MTV, Seventeen Magazine, VICE, i-D, Rookie Magazine, The Nation, Fast Company, Mic, The Center for American Progress, The U.S. Department of State Official Blog and The White House Blog under President Barack Obama. She has been featured on the TODAY Show, BBC World News, Good Morning America and in The Wall Street Journal, CNN, CBS News, Shondaland, Teen Vogue, and more, frequently commenting as a youth voting expert. Jazmin recently graduated summa cum laude from The George Washington University with a B.A. in Political Science with Special Honors where is the former president of the largest, most-active College Democrats in the nation at and served as National Press Secretary for College Democrats of America. She is a two-time New York Women in Communications Scholar and was named the 2018 Hearst Magazines Scholar.

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