“Black people don’t become activists, they are born activists. In a racist society, the only way that I can achieve my goals is through fighting the system and therefore being an activist.” —Fatou Ndiaye (@fatouoficial) “My work focuses mainly on teenagers and young people in general and how they can take the anti-racist debate to their homes,” says the 16-year-old activist, who was born in Rio de Janeiro but lived in Senegal for half of her life. After experiencing online racial harassment from her former private school classmates, Fatou founded the organization Afrika Academy (@afrikaacademy) with the goal of spreading knowledge on issues relating to racism and sexism in Brazil. “We act in schools, in companies and we are developing online courses related to African history, culture, art and languages. Understanding Black history goes beyond me or the Black community. It is understanding how we organize as a society [around] social issues, such as social inequality. Making a difference starts in our communities. I believe that engaging the anti-racist debate in your community is a great start.” Photo of @fatouoficial by @stephievilchez

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