Participants discussed what they considered the best means of connecting young women of color to resources that can aid them in safely navigating the school system and having a healthy coming of age.
For nearly two hours, D.C. Council member LaRuby May, along with fellow candidates Aaron Holmes, Maurice Dickens and Trayon White, weighed in on a bevy of issues including youth homicide, unemployment, gentrification, the school-to-prison pipeline, cutbacks in sports and arts programs, and the lack of Black instructors in the classroom.
With the Ward 8 council seat up for grabs once again, White, now equipped with a team that includes opponents turned allies, has refined his message and taken more of a direct approach in showing residents that he can best represent them at a time when development and displacement go hand in hand for many longtime Washingtonians.
"Right now, I don’t have that much of an influence but I still want to be a leader. The Boys & Girls Club can help me get there.”
“Everyone that’s outside of the establishment is supporting this movement. That’s why it’s huge."